|Francis Maude MP (Con) struggled to explain|
the 'big society'
Sadly, Mr. Maude's appearance of Radio 4's PM news programme didn't go too well as having explained how UK citizens need to do more volunteering he then came unstuck when Eddy Mair asked him what volunteering he did. You can listen to the piece here.
OK. So maybe I've reported this with an unkind amount of schadenfreude but there is a wider point. If the government and local authorities are cutting vital services such as Sure Start, selling off buildings used by voluntary groups and even using the 'big society' as a possible means of cutting heath and social care then they need to have a policy that's thought out, is properly project managed and one they are capable of explaining. It's been well over a year since it was announced as the Conservative's key policy and it still looks like no more than a catchy slogan dreamed up by a bunch of public relations bods.