The Big Society Challenge!

October 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm (David Cameron, Max Dunbar, Tory scum, workers)

An amazing idea from Martin Bright:

I have a suggestion for the millionaire axe men of the Coalition government. 

After the Comprehensive Spending Review, David Cameron should order each government minister to publish details of his or her charitable giving and the number of days a year they spend on voluntary work.

This, after all, is what they are demanding of the rest of us. The richer members of  society will now be expected to underwrite the arts and the charitable sector, while the rest of us volunteer to take on the functions of the public sector. 

Better still, why not insist that every minister with personal wealth of over, say, half a million, establish a charitable foundation within their own policy remit to take over a chuck of state provision and save the taxpayer some money. It would be the perfect way to pay back some of the cash they have saved on their – no doubt perfectly legal – tax dodges. 

In my experience voluntary and community work is done almost entirely by the working class.

I’m sure the National Government will prove me wrong.

(Image from Political Cream, via Paul Waugh)

4 Comments

  1. Mama's Kumquat said,

    “After the Comprehensive Spending Review, David Cameron should order each government minister to publish details of his or her charitable giving and the number of days a year they spend on voluntary work.”

    Absolutely terrible idea. Rich parasitic scum are all too happy to utilize the symbolic and cultural capital of charity in order to justify their exploitative practices. The very notion of philanthropy as a solution to social problems needs to be rejected in its entirety. We want the earth, not a few crumbs at the discretion of our exploiters.

  2. maxdunbar said,

    The point of the piece is that in terms of time and effor the Big Society drive is likely to be shouldered mainly by low earners, who will be struggling enough.

    I have a lot of time for your argument on philanthropy, though

  3. Andrew Coates said,

    In fact a major part of voluntary and communty work is done by the retired. I would say plenty of them are middle class.

    A bigger problem in Suffolk is that the County council thinks that hiving off most of its services, with a bit of it going to ‘voluntary’ groups and Parish Councils, is the ‘Big Society’.

    On the cuts generally what does Shiraz and the AWL think of the Coalition of Resistance?

    Important Coatesite statement on this:

    http://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/counterfire-and-the-coalition-of-resistance-a-critical-analysis/

  4. jim denham said,

    Andrew: I must stress yet again that this is *not* an AWL blog, and that of the contributors I am the *only* AWL member.

    I personaly would agree wih what you say about the Coalition of Resistance. The AWL has not, yet, taken a position.

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