Saturday, September 17, 2011

The word "communities" means poor people

Society Guardian's recent interview with Neil Johnston of Paddington Development Trust (14/9/11) threw up some fascinating questions about the Big Society and the nature of "communities". Shortly after the election PDT was declared by Nick Hurd to be "the Big Society in Action" only to have its funding cut massively by Tory Wetsminster City Council within weeks. Johnston rightly takes umbrage at politician's patronising language: "The word 'communities' means poor people - big sopciety means poor people ... this whole thing about broken Britain, but then people ask 'does that mean I'm broken'"