I can’t imagine a more poignant example of just how bankrupt David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ rhetoric is. From the Guardian:
It could become the allegory of the “big society” age. The man appointed by the prime minister to kickstart a revolution in citizen activism is to scale back his hours after discovering that working for free three days a week is incompatible with “having a life”.
Lord Wei of Shoreditch, who was given a Tory peerage last year and a desk in the Cabinet Office as the “big society tsar”, is to reduce his hours on the project from three days a week to two, to allow him to see his family more and to take on other jobs to pay the bills.
Hopefully the British public will begin to see that flowery words about ‘helping one another’ and ‘compassionate conservatism’ are just misdirection tactics to mask the fact that the Tories are ripping apart the welfare state. They might half heartedly believe volunteers will pick up the pieces of the wreckage, but the truth is that they probably don’t care.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.