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.
STARVE THE BEAST