Big Society? Nah, people do it so much better

Whilst ministers and their hangers-on travel around the country at vast expense trying to explain the nirvana of the Big Society, people are out there doing it for themselves, much much better.

Take this site, (run by volunteers who could do with a few donations) the #uksnow reporting webpage, it shows the concentrations and levels of snow as reported in real time by the ordinary joe using their twitter accounts. Its simple, its effective and it helps everyone without the need for vast sums of taxpayers cash or ‘community leaders’.

Now imagine it being run by a government department or agency. The website alone would probably cost £5 million to build running 2 years late after a good 18 months of planning by a host of committees, require a staff of 250 or 300 to deal with all the triplicate paperwork from snow stations, HR, administration, Health & Safety inspectors, analysts to report on the global warming implications and the effects on every ‘community’ when they can’t get to work, broken down by ethnic group. It would undoubtedly require a chief executive earning in excess of £200,000 and a press and PR set-up any film star would be proud of, and would probably only allow reports from highly trained and accredited ‘snow watchers’.

It just goes to show that left to their own devices, people do things so much better than government.

So if you want Your Society rather than Camerons big society, just do what you want to do because you want to do it, tell the government to get stuffed, keep their noses out of your business and keep their fingers out of your pockets.



About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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3 Responses to Big Society? Nah, people do it so much better

  1. Abdullah says:

    Here here!!
    I can vouch for that, I started and finished organising events for the sake of inter-faith tolerance in my community with no need of government assurance, funding nor training. Just by the help of experienced individuals and comitted people as me. It cost me literally nothing, except effort.

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