09 Jun '11, 8am

Rowan Williams says that #BigSociety is political cover for austerity measures. Just what we said:

Social justice, equality and cohesion. Not everyone can take part and benefit as easily as everyone else, because the conditions that make it possible are not equally distributed. This applies to capacity, whether individuals are able to participate; access, who can join in and who gets left out; and how much time people have to play a meaningful part in the ‘Big Society’. The combined effects of localisation and fiscal retrenchment threaten to undermine the Government’s tenet that we are ‘all in this together’. Economic policy and spending cuts. The ‘Big Society’ will be profoundly influenced by the new austerity; it is also intended to make the new austerity politically feasible. The combined consequences of harsh spending cuts and a shift of responsibility from the state to ‘civil society’ should leave no doubt that the ‘Big Society’ and the Government’s economic polici...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/cutting-it

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