I don't know if you saw BBC Breakfast this morning, but they featured an item about a small village in Rutland who, fed up of slow speed Internet connections, decided to band together to get high speed broadband access. They got together with a local telecoms company and now have the fastest rural broadband access in the country.
Good for them.
I really hope Dave was watching too - because it demonstrates two very important points. The first being that his "new idea" for "big society" isn't anything new and doesn't need to be big. It also demonstrates that it doesn't need a Tory government either - but that's by the by.
The second and more important thing that this demonstrates is that this was achieved without any intervention from the state whatsoever. There was no need for any "development agency" or fake charity to get involved - indeed, it is quite likely that it only became possible because the scenario was such that the state wasn't involved at all.
And that is the important point - the state does not need to be involved.
The biggest obstacle to society in a democracy is the state - and the more the state gets involved the less democratic that society becomes. Because the state decides what a society will and will not be allowed the society becomes competitive rather than collaborative. Rather than having communities agreeing on what is required you end up with factions fighting against each other for the cash the government will hand out.
And the way this state interference manifests itself is through the myriad of quangos and agencies that proliferate up and down the country and if the were really serious about enabling people to take control than the only thing they need to do is dismantle this quangocracy and the Tories have no intention of changing that.
I know they have no intention of doing so because the reason most of these things exist is our membership of the European Union - and the Tories have no intention of doing anything about that.
We don't need a big state or a big society - we just need to get out democracy back.
And the only way we can do that is by leaving the EU.