The Curmudgeon


Monday, May 16, 2011

It's A Time, It's A Place, It's A Motion

A cross-party commission on Daveybloke's Big Society thingy has concluded that, after twelve months of rah-rah and finger-wagging, nobody is any the wiser as to what sort of a thingy Daveybloke's Big Society thingy really is. The cross-party commission on Daveybloke's Big Society thingy even claims that the vagueness of the thingy "has meant inconsistent policy-making", much as any fig-leaf may distort the rampancy beneath if not properly attached. Even in the voluntary sector, which is supposed to compensate for Daveybloke's cuddly cuts programme by doing everything for free, thirty per cent of organisation heads said they were unclear as to the thingy's definition; and it appears that the other seventy per cent aren't talking. Daveybloke himself, in the course of a single speech, managed to define the thingy in two different ways; presumably dead children will feature ever more prominently as the clarifications grow ever more desperate. So nebulous has the thingy become that Lord Wei of Shoreditch, who provided such a shining example of voluntary commitment earlier this year, has taken time out from his non-executive directorships in order to worry about the cynicism the thingy has bred. "There is evidence that, the more politicised a topic like this becomes, the less people may want to engage with it," he said. Indeed, public apathy has much to answer for, particularly if it has the bad manners to respond to a political party's political propaganda as though politics had something to do with the matter.


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