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2011-05-27 - 13:57:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: Meta: Politics |

As I see it, the concept behind Cameron's 'Big Society' is one of the tenets of wikipedia: "So do it", ie. if you want to see change in your locality then take the lead and make a start by engaging with others of a similar view rather than sitting back and complaining that the council / someone else isn't doing it.

Sadly, however, I believe that the difference between 'intention' and 'outcome' will never be so big again as that between the hopes and the effectiveness of the 'Big Society' concept. It promises so much in theory which it can never hope to achieve in practice.

Those who have their time to offer in the service of their local community rarely have the money to make it actually happen – or are already doing so much voluntary work they have little more to spare – whereas those who complain the most that 'something should be done' often have the wherewithall in financial terms but no inclination to help the fellow neighbour, instead taking yet more foreign holidays or weekend breaks so as not to even be aware of the real state of their locality.

A shame really, as the idea offers so much hope …



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