Isn’t this super?

Councils will be faced with more residents in need of support, but will have less revenue with which to support them as local growth stalls. Then there are global factors: the climate crisis, the accelerating technological revolution, growing discontent with democracy. These trends will take longer to transform our lives than this virus, but they will ask similar questions about the ability of our society and political structures to learn, adapt and survive.

But hope – and the whisper of a solution – can be found in the resurgence of community spirit. The spontaneous creation of mutual aid groups and the overwhelming response to the call for NHS volunteers demonstrate that, when the going gets really tough, British people come together to support each other.

Councils and politics have failed. Burke’s little platoons work.

Great, let’s carry on that way then, eh?

13 thoughts on “Isn’t this super?”

  1. “And all this from organisations that have been cut to the bone by a decade of forced savings.”

    Oh, puh-lease.

    I worked in a local authority for 6 months and they had all the resources they needed. What they didn’t have were resources for all the pet projects they liked, like council fun runs and council arts festivals.

    Some good people at that place, but there was still some right wasters that I met who really just liked meetings with coffee and cakes.

  2. “These projects are successful because they give community members a real say over how money is spent.”

    And that isn’t just about what it’s spent on, but how it’s done. It means one of the people running it goes down to Aldi after work and fills up a trolley with porridge rather than employing a bureaucratic team that finds a really expensive supplier that can tick all the boxes.

  3. “the overwhelming response to the call for NHS volunteers”

    There are suggestions that the NHS has signed-up all the volunteers, leaving none for other (perhaps more worthy) causes. Now the volunteers are sat twiddling their thumbs awaiting their call, because it turns out the NHS doesn’t actually have a shortage of manpower, especially given that so many operations have been cancelled.

  4. Rowdy: “Climate crisis? Increasing discontent with democracy? Says who?”

    The sort of people who work in councils of course!

  5. ‘Not only to make sure the bins are emptied, but to provide emergency shelter for rough sleepers; support for those living in dangerous situations; tax relief for local businesses; and to distribute food parcels.’

    Go back to just emptying the bins.

  6. Andrew M,

    I signed up for the council, but I’m also helping out with requests on a local FB group. Those were up and running, with people helping each other, within days of this kicking off. Mostly organised by amateurs rather than these skilled government managers.

  7. I know several people who have volunteered to help NHS etc and one who applied for one of the paid jobs as his business halted.

    Supposed to be “shadowing” a carer but has heard nothing and doesn’t get paid anything if not working.

    These schemes vol or paid suggest to me the wartime collection of aluminium pots and railings theft.

    All for show.

  8. Slightly off topic, last Christmas, I saw the pantomime “Peter Pan”. When the children go off to Neverland, they leave a note saying where they’ve gone. “Neverland?”, says the nanny. “Where is Neverland?” The reply from a member of the audience that it was “The top floor of the council offices” raised such a laugh that the cast had to stop what they were doing till they composed themselves. The comment was then included in the script. After the pantomime season, posters regularly appeared on the direction board for the councl departments and “Neverland – Top Floor”
    were often seen. Apparently, some staff still refer to that floor as such today.

  9. Increasing discontent with democracy
    Given that it’s the ‘Ndraguia, we can assume that the main discontent with democracy is its propensity to deliver results that Guardianistas disapprove of.

    I worked in a local authority for 6 months and they had all the resources they needed. Some good people at that place, but there was still some right wasters that I met who really just liked meetings with coffee and cakes.
    I’ve done consultancy for government, and the missus worked at the local council for a few years. As in most businesses, 75% are trying their best within their limitations and 25% are swinging the lead. The problem in government is that there’s no way of dealing with the 25%, who are perfectly capable of hanging around until retirement.

  10. Having done pantomime in my youth I’m not surprised, not a medium to pass up a good local joke and happy to change the script on the fly or incorporate ad-Lib comments.
    A very interesting example of something that seems chaotic but is very highly organised, disciplined and still flexible, recall lights going out one evening and when the message was passed to the person out front (coincidentally the genie from Aladdin) that they had replaced fuse and were turning back on shortly he got the audience to start clapping then did the whole Alakazam bit as the lights came back up then bowed and thanked the audience with the comment that of course many hands make light work.

  11. Excellent Exposure:
    [Guardian and] Some lockdown lawmakers want to stamp out dissent
    … and Facebook removes all anti-lockdown posters – ‘Public Square’?
    … and race baiting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmghNve6QFY

    Zuckerberg & Facebook now decides what is “harmful information”. Let that hit you. Who elected him?
    This is why the founders included the second amendment, they knew one day we the people would have to defend ourselves from the government. The time has come to arm up people

  12. “Zuckerberg & Facebook now decides what is “harmful information”. Let that hit you. Who elected him?”

    The Board of Directors. Fakebook is a private company. They can delete anything they want to.

    “This is why the founders included the second amendment, they knew one day we the people would have to defend ourselves from the government.”

    Fakebook isn’t government.

    “The time has come to arm up people”

    With what? Kitchen knives?

    Brits need to arm up. But it has nothing to do with Facebook.

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