While the RSA has been trying to define what Big Society is and the media has all but lost interest on this topic, like most of the people of this country by the way, it doesn't cease to amaze me that this debate is still continuing in some sectors.
I am sure spin doctors are laughing all the way to the pub, since it is obvious that this concept was mere electioneering, devised in such an obfuscatory way to make it virtually impossible to define clearly, so that as much ink as possible would be expended, while getting distracted from the topics that really mattered (like education, the NHS, the economy and so on).
Had the Big Society project been real it would have been based on some fundamental premises that would have been easily understood by all and that would have encompassed paradigmatic shifts, along the lines, for example, of almost total government devolution from central to local communities.
As it is, government is more centralised than ever, and if Big Society was to have encouraged volunteering, well just ask the various social enterprises and charitable organisations that have seen their resources drastically cut either as a direct consequence of government cuts, or by people no longer being able to contribute due to the economic downturn.
I will say no more on the Big Society - ever - as it just deserves scorn.
Add a Comment