The costs of a ‘basic universal income’ are concisely outlined of in the latest edition of The Economist. Too expensive, they fear, at least using the Swiss approach. But at the end of the article they point out that Alaska already gives all its citizens $1,900 a year dividend from its oil fund. So might it be possible for the UK to make similar use of some future Shale Gas Wealth Fund, assuming that fracking is successful in the UK? The Economist also suggests that a small basic income (say £1,500) could be made more economically and socially viable if it was given only to those who participate in helping society, by regular volunteering etc. David Cameron may get his Big Society yet.