The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked UK PM Cameron's "Big Society" plans calling them "aspirational waffle". Quite an apt description. In the end we have sunk to gutter talk preferring to call it bulls**t. Whatever term you prefer to use it is doubtful that you will see any benefits in his plans.
The BS, which incidentally conveniently carries the same initials as our description, is all the more farcical when you consider the backgrounds of those who crafted this ill thought out nonsense. A front bench of parliament full of privileged posh boys, with the odd female thrown in, odd being the relevant word here, can hardly relate to the ordinary man, woman and child of the UK.
Now that may seem a rather sweeping statement. After all some of the most notable philanthropic people in the UK have of course had to have wealth. However what they had, which this coalition does not, is the will to help those who need help.
Archbishop Rowan Williams is no stranger to verbal assaults on the government. You can hold whichever opinion you want on this subject but perhaps our supposed god fearing government might at least feel some pangs of guilt because of Williams' intervention.
The Archbishop has summed up what most of us already believe, that the BS was created out of a need to fill the big hole in services this same government's cuts had created. Good work, eh? Preach austerity, cut everything to the bone, reward the fat cats in the UK and then expect the public to work for free.
The Archbishop will be stepping down in a few months and most of what he has said, and more will be found is his as yet unpublished book. It will be interesting who replaces him. A horse of a different colour, we think. The book is called "Faith in the Public Square" and may provide a good insight into the Archbishop.
He could of course simply be jumping on the bandwagon in the hope of providing for himself in old age. We prefer though to think that this man has a conscience and is prepared to speak out when able.
In his book he says, "The big society, introduced in the run-up to the last election as a major political idea for the coming generation, has suffered from a lack of definition about the means by which such ideals can be realised,”
It has for sure. Perhaps it is because our description is the accurate one!
He goes on to say, “’Big society’ rhetoric is all too often heard by many therefore as aspirational waffle designed to conceal a deeply damaging withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities to the most vulnerable.” The Government must be clearer about how individuals can become involved in the Big Society if it is to have any success, he suggests.
“And if the big society is anything better than a slogan looking increasingly threadbare as we look at our society reeling under the impact of public spending cuts, then discussion on this subject has got to take on board some of those issues about what it is to be a citizen and where it is that we most deeply and helpfully acquire the resources of civic identity and dignity,”
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