It is true that only governments can order salt in industrial quantities, clear roads and grit streets. But dealing with a snow blizzard can also put the big in Big Society, so to speak. In times like these the overwhelming majority of people, up and down the country, show common sense, neighbourliness and generosity of spirit.
People help each other when their cars are stuck in the snow. Neighbours check on each other. Postmen ask how the elderly are coping. Neighbourhood groups get allocations of salt for use in their streets, while churches and other community organisations become distribution hubs. In Sheffield, for example, sixty volunteers have been given a tonne of grit and equipment to clear smaller roads that the council cannot reach. Companies often clear snow outside their offices.
This may not make up for the failings of central and local governments. But the statist urge is offset by countless voluntary and community actions -