Hands Off and Give Us the Money
Dan Hodges. Wrong on AV. Right about the Big Society. His post at Labour Uncut is excellent:
The prime minister announced, with a flourish, his ‘big idea’. ‘Our purse is empty. But do not worry. The voluntary sector will shoulder the burden.’ The volunteers looked up with a start. ‘But we can’t. You’ve taken all our money as well,’ they cried. ‘Taken your money?’ replied the prime minister, ‘But I thought you were volunteers?’ ‘We are,’ they responded, ‘and we expect to be well paid for it.’
Hodges writes from experience:
I worked as a consultant to a number of charities. They all wanted two things. Total independence. And a shed load of taxpayer’s cash.
And he has a go at Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO, the association of chief executives of voluntary organisations (above), who sounded like a gangster when he said: “We are trusted. Politicians are not. Attack us at your peril.”
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David Cameron has manifestly failed to sell his big society vision to the country. The third sector should be careful it doesn’t do the job for him.
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