Archive for the The Big Society Category

What’s In A Name?

Posted in General, The Big Society on May 15, 2013 by thecognitivekey

A local company has regular redundancy purges on its staff. Each ‘project’ is given a unique name.

The latest has been announced and is called Jura.

Jura is a department in France. One of its arrondissements is Dole.

Dole via Jura. I’m sure there’ll be no end of volunteers.

Maybe someone in the company has a sense of humour, but I doubt it.

The Mad Cyclist

Posted in General, The Big Society on May 15, 2011 by thecognitivekey

Driving home after my radio show this evening, going westbound on the M27, just after junction 11 there is a cyclist riding along the hard shoulder. Totally mad or what? The traffic is going past at over 70 and this fool is pedalling along. Racing helmet and lycra, it won’t save him if he gets hit. He was navigating his way over the slip road on to the motorway from junction 11 as I went past. Should I inform the authorities?

I leave at junction 10 as I always do and I decide to call the police. Under the motorway bridge I stop and call 101 which is the local number for the police. I get options! Press 3 if reporting a crime…OMG I don’t believe this. I wait for the last option which says wait for an operator…the phone rings on and on. Eventually it says I am in a queue and will be served as soon as possible. No indication as to the length of the queue. I am bored with this now, I want to go home. Oh well cyclist I hope you managed to get to your destination before you could get smeared across the carriageway.

It’s Started

Posted in The Big Society on February 25, 2011 by thecognitivekey

I must own up to not liking the concept of The Big Society. I don’t like David Cameron or his government either, but The Big Society seems to typify everything that is wrong with them and their thinking. It’s a means to justify the removal of hardworking people from their jobs to be replaced by free volunteers. Cut the costs regardless of the cost, is the message. Heartless and cruel. I would not be surprised if the poorhouse was introduced in our lifetime. The wealthy will be encouraged to do ‘good deeds’, the concept was reintroduced with the Good Causes of the National Lottery. We will be back in Victorian times in no time at all. I am against this, but that is for elsewhere in this blog.

On Saturday I was up at the QA Hospital to do a radio show, Pompey were playing at home so I was in to do the studio link job between commentators and patients. Without fail ever since I have been doing hospital radio there has been a receptionist on the desk to provide help for patients and visitors, every day of the week and at weekends. Not last Saturday. There was a volunteer wearing a How May I Help You badge. No receptionist, just a volunteer. He was in front of the desk so I guess not all the reception roles were being fulfilled, but I saw it as the start. The receptionist was back at the end of my show and was there on Sunday, so maybe it was just holiday or sickness. But the question is should permanent jobs be covered by volunteers? I think not. This is the thin end of the wedge.