As unemployment continues to rise, public sector cuts abound, bank bosses make a fortune and ordinary people can’t afford to pay their bills, David Cameron has been forced to defend his ill-fated Big Society.
Multi-millionaire Cameron thinks we should all volunteer more and spend our time working for nothing. He believes that we all don’t do enough for our communities or for society as a whole. He thinks we should all work harder, for longer, for less.
Instead however, more and more people are thinking of doing what any sensible person would do; try and find additional ways to earn money. Something which has not been encouraged in the UK, unlike in America where everyone and every family has an additional, usually web-based business.
(TheOpinionSite.org Digital Download Store opening in March will have some great ways for you to make money. We’ll also be opening a new and exciting Members Club and Advice Service. Just as well really as unemployment is set to be higher than at any time in the last 30 years. There is much more about this in this months Subscribers Newsletter available here.)
As TheOpinionSite.org has pointed out previously, there are 18 millionaires in the Cabinet, none of whom seem to have the slightest idea what it is like to have to scrimp and save just to pay the grocery bill.
In a speech this morning, the Prime Minister claimed that the Big Society is about “people taking responsibility for their own lives”, whilst in an interview, minister Francis Maude denies that nobody understands what Cameron means when he talks about “his Big Society”.
Maude also, rather naively in our opinion, believes that “everyone is talking about it” and therefore must understand it.
The last British premier who spoke about taking more personal responsibility was Margaret Thatcher and her rule ended up with riots on the streets, privatisation of essential services, the most expensive rail network in Europe and two generations of often nasty, selfish, vindictive children who now as adults can’t pay their bills and owe a fortune.
Blair tried it too but instead opted for a dictatorship. It was easier to go on and on about ‘responsibilities’ rather than stand up for those whom the State decided to persecute.
Cameron is different though; he is being so vague as to allow the end result, whatever that may be, to be hailed as a success. Disaster or triumph, it’s all the same to him, just so long as he remains in Downing Street.
If the cuts result in another 250,000 people losing their jobs – which the government admits they will – then the Big Society will be responsible for much needed greater efficiency.
If community groups decide to take more action in their local area to improve things, which they will mainly because local authorities are cutting services instead of getting rid of highly and grossly overpaid executives, then the Big Society will be hailed for promoting community fellowship.
And so it goes on.
Of course, what the Big Society really is, if you believe it exists at all, is a typically meaningless, shabby piece of political double-talk designed not to help those who lead ordinary lives but those whose only wish is to stay in power. A device to ensure that the rich get richer whilst the rest of us do not.
People should not have to work for nothing; that’s why we have a minimum wage. Yet we also now have unpaid ‘internships’ and ‘extended work experience’, ‘mentoring’ and ‘guided learning’, all of which are excuses for getting someone, usually young, to work for nothing on the basis that there ‘might’ be a paid job at the end of it.
TheOpinionSite.org has always believed that more people should work for themselves and, if you are unemployed, there is every reason to consider doing so.
The sad fact is though that whilst websites such as this one are making plans to help people to succeed, the government and local authorities are doing the exact opposite.
As it was once put, “They talk a lot and say very little“.
Well actually, Cameron talks a lot and says even less, whilst at the same time destroying jobs and communities in the process. What a great leader he’s turning out to be.
It is always a good thing to have a smaller government and a bigger society; that way, in theory at least, the power stays with the people. That was precisely the reason why Tony Blair trippled the size of the government machine when he was prime minister. It gave him the power and left the rest of us subservient.
Nevertheless, we should not be fooled either by this politically driven, vague nonsense coming from David Cameron and his colleagues.
The Big Society might one day exist but not now. Not until we can all afford to pay our bills; not until we all have employment; not until those who want to be self-employed have a real chance to do so without having to mortgage their house to the bank and their soul to the taxman in order to do so; and not until families no longer have to choose between whether to feed the children or whether to put the heating on.
The Big Society can be abbreviated to two letter: B.S.
I think that says it all really, don’t you?