We seem to be stuck in a warp of niceties at the moment. In the bad old days the Tory party was the nasty party. Thatcher flexed her muscles and in a previous downturn we all had to get on our bikes. Yet today we seem to get a different flavour of conservatism. It’s all big society, low interest rates and a penny off fuel duty. What is going on?
I’ll let you into a secret. The Lib Dems may have a little something to do with this. We seem to be the dose of sanity that government was starved of. Whereas the Tories believe in Big Society – actually we have a better stance – let me call it Big Community. Power and decision-making given to the lowest possible levels. Common sense dictates that this provides a bigger voice for residents and greater inclusion. OK, we don’t have the neo-conservatives tendencies of a few on the far-right, but we are in a coalition. Some argue that we are all in this together and a plague on all your houses – Tories and Lib Dems. Yet as with all things, we cannot always get our own way. So it seems a little spoonful of Big Community will help the Big Society medicine go down.
Emma Bagley blogs on Emma Bagley’s blog.