I don\’t really think you want to say that:
Secondly, the Tory vision of Big Society is based on bare ideological assertion. Voluntary groups are staffed by volunteers, who are by definition amateurs. Take away the centralised finances allowing these volunteers to organise and how will volunteer amateurs be able to provide anything, lacking as they will the finances required for service-provision? The fantasy that services provided by trained professionals can be replaced with spontaneous volunteer groups, and without significant falls in quality or reliability, reflects right-wing preferences for a smaller state not serious policy-making.
So mutuals won\’t work because what do the customers know about management? So, bang goes the idea of having the Building Societies back. Co-ops won\’t work because what on earth do the workers know about the upper reaches of managment? Look forward to John Lewis filing for bankruptcy next Tuesday arvo.
And of course the Friendly Societies, those mutuals, burial clubs, insurance companies, pension, unemployment benefit thingies, they never existed because of course free people in a free society never can managed to get together for their own mutual benefit.
No, you see, they always and everywhere require the professionals from the State to come and show them how it\’s done, don\’t they?
As indeed does every private sector company that has ever existed. Absolutely none of them have at all been founded by amateurs who just got together and started doing stuff. Bill Gates and Paul Allen, James Dyson, Edison and FA Woolworth, all government trained and subsidised experts before they even started.
Sweet Jeebus, damn near every organisation, club, company and and drinking hole in our entire society was started by some amateur volunteer just trying things out for size.