There’s a lengthy assessment by John Harris in today’s Guardian G2 section of what has gone wrong at the Co-op Group and what perhaps can be done to put things right. I’m mentioning it partly because a number of people today have contacted me asking if I was the author: I’m not, but I understand the confusion.
The Guardian did reuse some material of mine on cooperative history for a sidebar attached to the piece and whilst the sub-editors helpfully remembered to attribute this to me, they curiously omitted to add John’s by-line to the main piece. Just so you know!
John quotes Jo Bird of Co-operative Business Consultants in the article. Jo is the prime organiser of the Ways Forward: Cooperative Renewal conference, taking place on Friday 16th May in Manchester. This is a follow-up to the very successful first Ways Forward event in mid-Jan. I’ve been asked to speak at one of the sessions on “corruption v transparency in cooperatives”, a theme which is all too topical, I fear. More on the conference in a later blog, I think.