David Cameron Announces Launch of ‘Big Society’ Plans
July 19, 2010
According to the BBC, Cameron spoke during a speech in Liverpool about the plan, which would be a “big advance for people power”.
In the manifesto, there is a common theme: providing services through local citizens volunteering, rather than giving the task to paid public servants. This includes giving local what they need to control the spending of city councils, recruiting volunteer staff to run museums, and the redistribution of funds to charity organizations.
“[It is] the biggest, most dramatic redistribution of power from elites in Whitehall to the man and woman on the street,” Cameron said.
“There are the things you do because it’s your passion. Things that fire you up in the morning, that drive you, that you truly believe will make a real difference to the country you love, and my great passion is building the big society.”
On the face of it, it might seem like a way to eliminate big government, a major policy of the Conservatives. However, it is most likely a way of hiding the true intentions beneath; a mask of major spending cuts that will see all of these areas struggling for funding.
For all the high-minded talk of putting the “power back into the hands of the people”, and creating a sense of responsibility by encouraging volunteerism, the hard line seems to be that huge slashes of funds in the public sector means there just won’t be any money to keep it functioning.
There will likely be no other way to maintain society, big or small, if people don’t start working for free.