‘The Big Society’ is being unveiled by the Conservative/Lib-dem government, the main spokesperson being the Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, whose political campaign dream it was.
The largest society work force will be volunteers, any kind, from all age groups and educational levels. They will be volunteering instead of earning salaries; many will be building up C.V.’s of experience, to help them move on to what? More volunteering, training volunteers to volunteer, while remaining as a volunteer. So, the big society will be a huge population of people in unpaid community activity. What is going to be the definition of activity in the community?
When everyone has become a volunteer, managed and mentored by volunteers who in turn will likely be managed by paid directors, dying to skill up all these volunteers to take a director’s role, (not on your life!) where will the government purse obtain its income from?
You would expect that there has been government preparation for the daily survival for this massive army of unpaid people; of course you would if you were in charge of it. There has to be a strategy, doesn’t there, to run alongside the reconstruction – or is it destruction – of ways of earning a reasonable living, such as realistically remunerated employment opportunities.