Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The Big Society

If, like me, your heart sinks whenever you hear this nonsensical term, the following will not surprise you in the least. Wandsworth Council intend to create a  'Big Society' Library, which they reckon will enable them to save more than £155,000 by 2012 - partly by 'deleting' (their word for 'sacking') five staff. This is purely a cost-cutting exercise and is in direct response to the cuts imposed on them. Maybe the 'deleted' staff will be able to keep on doing their jobs as unpaid vounteers, for the good of The Big Society.

So is The Big Society all about cuts, then, as its many detractors claim? Apparently not. David Cameron, while attempting to justify plans to sell off public services, explains that The Big Society is about: '... rebuilding responsibility and giving people more control over their lives'.

Not convinced? Try The Telegraph, where Iain Hollingshead channels seven year old Nancy Cameron to afford us this explanation. Finally, a bit of clarity. From the mouths of babes...

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