Elections 19 April 2010 Icelandic volcanoes and Cameron's "big society" State vs society, part 94. Print HTML Surprise, surprise. The airline industry is on its knees, in the wake of the volcanic eruptions in Iceland which have grounded flights across Europe, and bosses are already calling for "state intervention" - code, methinks, for "bailout". Isn't it ironic (hypocritical?) how private companies demand an end to "intrusive" and "statist" regulation and intervention in the good times, but demand "state intervention" in the form of cash bailouts from the taxpayer in the bad times? Privatize the gains, socialise the losses, eh? So it's Labour's "big state" to the rescue. What else would you expect? I mean, how many of Edmund Burke's "little platoons" would it take to get stranded British holidaymakers back from Spain? In fact, speaking to blogger Sadie Smith this morning, I was amused to hear her compare TV presenter Dan Snow's failed attempt to rescue Brits stuck in Calais with five dinghies - which was followed by the government's announcement to deploy three Royal Navy ships - to the debate over the big society versus the big state. On this issue, like so many others, the latter trumps the former. › Web Only: the best of the blogs Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe More Related articles David Osland: “Corbyn is actually Labour’s only chance” Doorknocking and divisions: a year in the life of a constituency Labour party secretary Is Donald Trump finally imploding?