Mrs Thatcher’s words, almost always taken out of context, inspired me when I read of David Cameron’s latest project. Mrs Thatcher was, of course, completely correct: there is no such thing as society, only the individuals, families and other voluntary groupings that people may define themselves by.
Mr Cameron, as many other social democrats are wont to do, is trying to disprove her words by subverting a reference to her famous quotation.
There are so many, many things that are wrong-headed about “the Big Society” that I hardly know where to start. There is an article outlining a leaked announcement (remember those? They weren’t supposed to be happening any more!) at City AM:
THE Prime Minister will today announce plans to fund charitable projects using hundreds of millions of pounds that is lying dormant in unclaimed bank accounts.
In one sentence, one simple sentence, an entire universe of self-righteous complacency is laid bare:
- Hundreds of millions of pounds of other people’s money, money that could potentially be sitting there for a rainy day, or for retirement, or some other purpose. But that purpose is not as noble as David Cameron’s “vision”, is it?
- If this was being done by anyone else, even a charity, would it not be called “bare-faced theft”?
- “Charitable” projects? By whose definition? And since when does giving taxpayers’ money, extorted with menaces, taken without consent, constitute “charity”?
- Which wise and noble people are we going to entrust this money to? More quangos and fake charities that will be used to peddle puritan nonsense for the benefit of the children? Anti-smokers, anti-drinkers, anti-fooders, every hateful self-righteous, priggish collection of bullies, nannies and interfering busybodies, perhaps?
David Cameron will detail proposals to siphon off money from accounts that haven’t been used in the last 15 years or more, and use the cash to fund schemes in the voluntary sector.
I’m sure I’ve got bank accounts lying around that haven’t been touched for fifteen years, probably because they only have pennies in them. That still doesn’t mean that the Prime Minister is allowed to steal these paltry sums from me, does it?
A new wholesale bank will be responsible for doling out the money – thought to total up to £400m – to charities and other voluntary organisations that apply for grants.
Oh, my word! So the favoured few who have the ear of unelected quangocrats in this new wholesale bank will be given money entirely unlawfully taken from frugal people and be allowed to squander it on anything that takes their fancy, will they?
I cannot believe the bare-faced effrontery of this poltroon! And yet, around the country, people are quietly nodding to themselves at what a good idea this theft will be!
Cameron is hoping the scheme, which will be announced at a speech in Liverpool later today, will prove that his plans for a “Big Society” have not been put on ice in the face of the tightest spending squeeze in Britain’s peacetime history.
Mr Cameron is clearly no different than his predecessor in believing that the omniscient state is wiser at spending our savings than we are. The only difference was that even Gordon brown did not have the temerity to baldly steal money out of our bank accounts to fund his pet projects.
Is there even a banana republic dictator that would steal so shamelessly?