THE names of Derek Worlock and David Sheppard still conjure up a sense of excitement and gratitude. They were outstanding leaders for Merseyside.
At the weekend, a conference on the common good was held at Liverpool Hope University. The conference was the brainchild of Jennie, the daughter of Grace and David Sheppard. I was one of the contributors.
Here we were, around 200 of us, linked together by an idea of the common good. Did we really agree on what was meant by the idea of the common good?
We know when we haven't got it in our society but it is much more difficult to define in the abstract.
One of my suggestions therefore was that we should pick topics – like the living wage – and invite people as individuals, and through the organisations to which they belong, to start promoting the idea.
Our own council has been quick off the mark and guarantees that everyone that works for it receives at least the living wage.
To get the firms we work for paying living wage would be a big step forward. Then there comes the question of trying to ensure that all the organisations we work for use their purchasing power to ensure that all those companies that supply goods and services also pay a living wage.
Then we need to start doing it for the firms we use – such as Tesco and Lidl. Do all those firms they get supply from also pay a living wage?
In this way the common good will begin to take on an identity of its own.