Like others we have been quick to point out signs of trouble in the “Big Society” project, such as Lord Wei cutting down his hours and Phillip Blond warning that the concept wasn’t compatible with spending cuts.
But here is some news to suggest that community action isn’t dead and buried: a quarter of a million people have volunteered to help with the 2012 Olympics. You see, we aren’t cynical all the time.
Then again these volunteers may have come forward with or without the Big Society concept. The BS took another blow this morning with the Times splash about Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, director of Community Service Volunteers, questioning whether David Cameron has a “strategic plan” for his idea.