The Curmudgeon


Friday, December 24, 2010

Joined-Up Thingy

The harmful effects of decades of Socialist interventionism have been horribly laid bare in a poll which shows that almost eighty per cent of people claim to have donated to a charity in the past year, while only a quarter feel they should be "encouraged to give up some of their time to help support public services". Assuming that the charitable donations were not the thrifty sort made by the corporate community (tax dodges, in Standard English), this shows a Common People horribly mired in the sort of thinking that leads to high taxes, British Rail, the NHS, taxpayer-maintained trees and other errors. The cause of this lamentable indolence is, presumably, the fact that the said Common People still have too much money and too little time on their hands. Happily, this is all going to change.

Despite the convenient dovetailing which has spurred conspiracy theorists into a frenzy of self-nonsufficient uncharity, Daveybloke the Cuddly Conservative has "rejected the suggestion that his mission is a cover for spending cuts". Daveybloke has pointed out that his Big Society thingy was a thingy before the general election, and that his programme to kick half a million people out of work was a thingy after the general election, though obviously he would have mentioned it during the campaign had he been able.


  • At 6:08 pm , Anonymous Persnickety Curmudgeon said...

    Govts everywhere misconstrue the populaces lack of revolt against their edicts. It is more an indifference or a succumbing to the overwhelming force of the state than evidence of their assent or consent.

    It may be clever, even admirable in a way for a Govt to con me by bribing me with my own money or selling me my own shoes. It is just plain rude to stick a gun in my face and force me to ascede repeatedly to their chicanery while simultaneously mocking my lack of thankfulness and inability to stop their thievery.

  • At 6:59 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    Someone recently observed that charity is the real invisible hand of capitalism, for without it, the whole structure would collapse.

  • At 5:56 am , Blogger phil said...

    Is a Big Society bigger than a Great Society? And how big can it be when there is no such thing as it (if you follow me).

  • At 3:49 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    As I understand the present state of doctrine, there is such a thing as society (Thatcher, victimised as all Conservatives are by the left-wing press, was quoted out of context), but it is a society not of Overpaid Nurses, but of Volunteers; a society not of Rich and Poor, but of Deserving and Undeserving; a society not of Rights, but of Duties.

  • At 12:19 am , Blogger phil said...

    OK let's label it medium/rare and ignore it.


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