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Do you have to be a Texan to call it the Great Society?
Liverpool City Council has withdrawn from David Cameron's "big society" - the radical restructuring of the administrative paradigm which was meant to see real people running their own local services. The BBC explains that when he announced Liverpool would be a big society "vanguard" last year, the PM expressed the hope that " …
>"the biggest, most dramatic redistribution of power from elites in Whitehall to the man and woman >on the street" can still "turn government completely on its head".
Isn't that what we used to call a revolution?
So Buckingham palace Monday morning 9:00am - bring your own pitchforks and flaming torches.
The man who's supposed to be spearheading the Big Society, Lord Wei, has announced that he is cutting the time he's working on it, because apparently working for nothing doesn't pay the bills.
And it took him nearly half a year to work that one out!
He may have been reminded that the pre-election posters had such gems as 'Cutting debts, not NHS budgets' with a shiny head beaming out.
Best to keep yer head down as Dave's Big Society seems to be working but not in the way he planned it. We are all in this shit together except for those on top of the ladder dumping on us.
First Liverpool, soon Birmingham. Even though Brum has been under the control of the ConDems for years, the things that have happened and are about to happen at the Council are such that there will be trouble in the streets later this year. Or at least a very interesting set of results in the Council elections in May.
Still at least we're all in this together eh Dave.
...ah the city where I watched 4 men, 1 road sweeper (plus driver) and a open back van (plus driver) clear a single (hardly used) pavement of leaves. Yet they have a huge shortage of Social workers. Maybe they should have a bloody good clean out of the staff and employ people where they are actually needed.
Oh and wolverhampton CC. Stop paying people triple time for not turning up because they are "sick" on a Sunday.
Ahhh then the Unions say the members are being unfairly treated....well if you didn't allow (sorry, activly want) this shit to happen, then the real workers may actually keep their jobs.
Giving the funds directly to people is a great idea. Now that councils don't even bother to grit the pavement or collect the rubbish, they should be dismantled piece by piece. Allow citizens to enforce short-term (1 year) contracts with private suppliers. Enforce minimum QoS and give them the boot if they don't deliver.
Typically though with the Cameroons, they don't have the balls to deliver.
So they take all the funding away from community projects and magically people will suddenly want to volunteer to run them for nothing? And this is giving power to the people is it? Do they think we’re all mega rich and work for the fun of it?
Dave and his government have the same firm grasp on reality as a fairy riding a unicorn made from fairy dust and rainbow tears.
that when he said "volunteers" he meant "unpaid volunteers". Bit of a tautology I know, volunteers are by definition unpaid, but it doesn't take a genius to get from "big society implemented by volunteers" to "therefore we can stop paying you, can't we". Clearly Anderson is no genius, so what's he doing being a council leader?
"volunteers are by definition unpaid"
No, volunteers are by definition volunteers. *Unpaid* people are by defintiion unpaid. The opposite of voluntary isn't paid, it's compulsary. I've volunteers for every job I've ever done, but there's no way I could have afforded to do any of them if they'd been unpaid.
I've had the misfortune to work in a company who has dealt with the council in Liverpool several times over the years and frankly the problem is with them. Other councils are better but there seems to be a defeatist and resistant mentality throughout their local government so that any big project there WILL fail.
Cam picked the wrong vanguard there.
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