Dubious we know, but has the Archbishop been following our analysis of the present situation or indeed our friends at the National Coalition for Independent Action ?
Commenting on the “big society”, Williams, who steps down in December after 10 years in his post, writes: “Introduced in the run-up to the last election as a major political idea for the coming generation, [it] has suffered from a lack of definition about the means by which such ideals can be realised. Big society rhetoric is all too often heard by many therefore as aspirational waffle designed to conceal a deeply damaging withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities to the most vulnerable.”
He suggests that ministers have fuelled cynicism over the Cameron vision by failing to define what the role of citizens should be. “And if the big society is anything better than a slogan looking increasingly threadbare as we look at our society reeling under the impact of public spending cuts, then discussion on this subject has got to take on board some of those issues about what it is to be a citizen and where it is that we most deeply and helpfully acquire the resources of civic identity and dignity.”
Take note, quite a few within the so-called youth sector.
And, as we are called upon to embrace ‘new ideas, new thinking’ by leading lights within the Youth Work establishment, the Coalition proposes to infantilise further a generation of young people by forcing them to stay at home.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Cameron argued: “We are spending nearly £2bn on housing benefit for under-25s – a fortune. We need a bigger debate about welfare and what we expect of people. The system currently sends the signal you are better off not working, or working less”.
A fortune? Let’s chat re re the bonuses of the City of London’s parasites!
My grandson, an unemployed qualified electrician at 22 years of age, desperate to work, to stand on his own two feet, lives at home. Evidently he doesn’t understand the signals.