A cartoon by Steve Bell a while ago showed a masked robber in the Big Society Bank being told that they didn’t have any money as such – only bollocks. “Put the bollocks in a bag, and hurry,” says the robber.
The original of this cartoon was presented as a farewell gift yesterday to Nick Hurd, who resigned as minister for civil society in July, by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Hurd was, of course, the apostle of social investment and one of his proudest achievements was the launch of the bank – actually called Big Society Capital – in 2012. Read more on B****cks or knitting? You choose……
People who do not read Third
Sector, or are unlikely to read the full contents of
the Giving White Paper, will be under the impression that yesterday David
Cameron’s slightly ambiguous big society concept was launched yet again.
Read more on Battling on with the big society…
It’s been hard to get away from the big society in the last couple of weeks. All the papers – including the Sun – have been on about it, and every second programme on radio and TV has been trying to get a handle on it.
Read more on Big society fatigue sets in…
Back in October, when I went to the
Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, the big society was everywhere. It
would have been physically impossible for one person to go to every conference session that
had the phrase in its title.
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It’s surely not a coincidence that the Times, a Murdoch paper, has run a negative lead story on the big society a few days after Andy Coulson, former editor of another Murdoch paper, resigned from his job as the government’s communications director.
Read more on The big society backlash…
Hazel Blears is back, and she’s set her
sights on the voluntary sector.
The fiery readhead (now with a toned-down
auburn hairdo) has been keeping a close eye on the government’s big society
agenda, which she says it has stolen from Labour. And now she’s trying to
Read more on Hazel Blears risks stepping on Roberta Blackman-Woods’ toes…
For a long time it was a moot point whether Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, or Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, would make it first on to the honours list.
Read more on Arise Sir Stephen – and honour is satisfied…
It’s the trademark of the BBC news channel’s Hard Talk to give its interviewees a good pummelling. And the gravel-voiced Stephen Sackur didn’t hold back when questioning Sir Stuart Etherington, of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, about the big society at the weekend.
Read more on Talking tough on Hard Talk…
On Tuesday I listened to people from the often-unheard community sector
discuss the big society.
There was no government speaker and hardly any suits or ties in the
A rather hirsute man wearing jeans and a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt, and with
a strong West Midlands accent, chaired the event. Very nearly half the 35
delegates were women and 10 were non-white.
Read more on Big society conference has a whiff of civil disobedience about it…
It was three years ago that the campaign really got under way to establish a new bank holiday in the autumn to celebrate the contribution made to society by the voluntary sector.
Read more on If a bank holiday is so easy, why can’t we have one too?…