a) a comment on the rise of obesity in our great and glorious land (N.B. 'The Biggest Loser' - guaranteed to make a girl feel skinny once a week)
b) the vague, implausible, so-called social revolution proposed by our dear and beloved coalition
Today, I'm going to write about (b). This is because I heard Frances Maud waffling on Radio 4 whilst driving around a sodden Chippenham while E & best friend, L did 'streetdance' (which is a whole other post).
First of all I must thank The Worker for providing me with the means to listen to Rt. Hon F Maud. Second of all, is anyone feeling that we're in a bit of a time warp? Listening to him reminded me of being at college in the 80s. All I could hear was a plummy voice sounding as if he didn't really know what he was talking about.
This is what I heard (not necessarily, what was actually said). I might have a listen online again - or maybe not.
'So, Mr Maud, what is The Big Society' asked nicey Radio 4 lady whose name I can't remember....
'Well, it's not that easy to define. There's no policy as such.'
Pause for nicey Radio 4 lady to take that in....
'What does it actually mean?'
'That's defined, really by communities themselves'
'What will people do as part of The Big Society?'
'Whatever it is their community requires.'
'Will you have targets? How will you know it's working?'
'No, there are no targets yet? It will develop organically.'
Now, call me old-fashioned but isn't transparency in government all the rage? The Big Society (or BS as I'm going to refer to it in the future) sounds a bit vague, a bit amorphous, a bit foggy.
I'm sure it's all in the national interest though.
There, rant of the week done and dusted.