decoration Nowadays there seems to be a widely held prejudice that businesses have a unique insight into efficient working. Naturally, business people are keen to promote this idea. But governments now also insist that they need to operate like businesses. So much so that local councils like to refer to themselves as "the business".

There are no solid grounds for this prejudice. Businesses can be extremely inefficient. They can lose huge sums of money. They do things that are against the interests of their nominal owners. And nobody actually has a clear idea what it is supposed to be about business practices that has such a beneficial effect.

Uncommercial looks at these questions and wonders whether there isn't just as much to be gained from having a diversity of ways of running things. Not all of them being much like businesses. Many of them could, in fact, be better off being uncommercial.