What is the Big Society? Definitions please that could possibly be read out on air.
An excuse for Government not to have to pay for public services.
where the public clean up after the governments mess
big society = big pulling of wool over everyone's eyes to make people think Cameron actually cares about the common man
how about a society dominated by big headed men?
to be read out on air? Don't know if I have any sweary-free descriptions...
People doing things for themselves and not relying so much on government.
where the public come together to support each other because the government has failed to do so!
wow we replied to that at the same time :O
nobody knows what the big society is! and if nobody knows what it is then its probably not what this country needs right now!
Big Society: A private members club where rich people can laugh at peasants.
Expecting more from fewer for less! Using self-selecting individuals to deliver society's responsibilities?
Definition : While you patriots chase your tails for the booby prize, we the UK Gov will talk so fast… (cont) http://deck.ly/~Mhib1
look after others while we look after ourselves ? Says the coalition #bigsociety
Perhaps the Big Society is the parallel universe where all the 'many' (according to Lansley) supporters for the NHS reforms live?
Big Society= communities/the people taking responsibility where the government feels it lacks adequacy & can place onus elsewhere.
the #bigsociety is basically a big iron fist, dismantling the state piece by piece, wrapped in a fluffy pink glove.
Well it's unlikely to be where we are now!
The Big Society is what those in ivory towers don't realize is happening all the time.
"do it all your flipping self - we're not paying for anything"
A fig leaf on government cuts. A means of passing the blame to us when it goes wrong. "you lot weren't big enough" etc.
BS = people volunteer time & donate money to make up for jobs lost and cash shortfall due to tory cuts! We are not fooled
a big society under DC is 1 in which no multiculturism exist. More islamophobia & a less tolerant society as a whole.
The Big Society is the Govt interferring by putting a label on volunteering for their own means.
Simple definition of #BigSociety: A Pipe Dream of a Con by the Cons.
it's not big and it's not a society.
'Society' does all the work so the state does not have to - even though 'Society' has paid the state for such services
Already exists. 000's of people volunteer as school govs, charity work, faith groups, scouts and guides, youth sports clubs etc.
an opportunity for the squeezed middle to do what the government should be!
It's whatever you want it to be.
Big Society is about lining government pockets by justifying cuts in crucial services used by the lower classes.
An early 70s dystopian sci-fi film about the large-scale colonisation of humans by an invading alien species.
Central Bedfordshire, UK
what ever it is, I'm sure it will cost us more now to get less than what we use to.
A boot stamping on a human face forever.
a fantasy land in DC's mind, where we all pick up the pieces of the soon to become Broken Society, by doing everything for nothing!
its about delivering substandard public services by the voluntary sector #bigsociety
Big Society? The one OUTSIDE the Black and White party
Big Society = People with big fat wallets getting even bigger & fatter wallets while everyone else freezes & starves to death!
#bigsociety is the work youth services do in communities across the country. But many of these are being axed. #chooseyouth
Big Society is an attempt to mutualise public services. The Russians called them 'soviets' before the Bolshevik take-over.
It's Cameron's Iraq. A way to secure a legacy only he thinks is worth having & the rest of us pay for for yrs to come
big society = big house, big car, big bonus, big rich/poor divide...
A populist (re)branding of a phenomena that has long been in existence to supplement ideological change- namely reducing 'statism'
Big Society is privatization of public services.
branding the fact the rich help themselves and the poor help each other. Social mobility at a standstill.
BS=attempt to polish (poo) so it shines and sell it to the masses. Cameron aint no anarcho-syndicalist.
The Big Society is Govt dictating by putting a label on something you should never put a label on,Tories being #ContradicTORY
An attempt to manufacture an organic community? Recreate a mythical version of the 50s?
An abnegation of responsibility dressed up in meaningless Zeitgeisty words like "choice".
tking responsibility for litter in your street/village/town vs expecting the council to clear it (& not dropping it to start with!)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Big Society: No Idea. Genuinely.
Big Society is where someone is expected to do for free something that they were once paid to do. Rather like feudalism.
Transferring social responsibility to the people, communities and the private sector.
Leeds & Liverpool
I asked that question at #SOTA11 and got decidedly unsatisfactory answers (at best incoherent, at worst contradictory)
Big Society? Kind hearted people plugging up the gaps left by a heartless government. We hope. Perhaps. I really doubt it.
So far? no one seems to know. Few seem to care.
its govts way of saying, u want a service weve stopped, then do it yourself.
Think Cameron must originally have meant Biggs society. Ordinary folk with no money taking what they want.
there isn't one, just a ploy to divert attention from real issues.Typical Tories!
that was an example rather than a definition but taking responsibility for things, individually and in community groups without £
the super granny that stood up to those robbers
A really, really giant lie. Sorry for doing the obvious one, I'm sure this has already been said. Still.
Letting society do the stuff that government doesn't need to.
Englishman in South Wales
doing everything yourself that you have already paid your council tax for.
a shambolic effort by the Conservatives to seem "interactive" by asking poor people to do all the work they refuse even to pay for.
The Big Society is a euphemism for public sector spending cuts, where my [GIS] skills & knowledge are offered on a voluntary basis!
in your face
big society? when government acts in such a way it forces people from all walks of life together to defend what is precious
Big Society = a tale told by an idiot. Full of sound & fury signifying nothing
Something I described 20 yrs ago. BUILDING ON NHS COMMUNITARIANISMS.
Big Society: people look after each other, instead of selfishly expecting the government to look after others for them.
A faux-Libertarian cop-out from a bankrupt government #bigsociety
Volunteers replacing redundant public sector workers.
A big society, is were the charitable people run essential services for an inept bankrupt government on a volunteer basis.
The Conservatives attempt to 'two word' define politics having been watching too much West Wing.
it means that nothing will ever be the government's fault again; it will be ours.
Empowering communities, neighbourhoods & individuals to get involved locally and make changes by shifting power away from the state
Cameron wanted a big-word to glam up a bleak society policy. His thinktank obviously took it literally, typical political miscoms.
A meaningless soundbite, created as a cynical defence in anticipation of people bringing up the "no such thing as society" quote.
The #BigSociety is about the things we do together that are not controlled by the state
the empowerment of citizens to do things for themselves that the state cannot afford to do - let me know if you read it out! ;)
The Big Society is something Old Etonians do with their spare time & cash while the rest of us work for a living
Big Society is what a bunch of incredibly rich people have thought up believing that incredibly poor peopl... http://tl.gd/8q6tbr
The Big Society is a phrase meaning 'to be good for nothing'.
An idealogical smoke screen behind which to dismantle the public sector, whilst appealing to daily mail readers who criticise all!
Big Society. Shiny vacuous phrase created by marketeers to placate the public and reinvent ideological state privatisation. #C4news
Lake District, Great Britain
State scrounging. "We don't want to pay for this, could you do it for us for free?"
Transferring accountability from expensive central idiots to cheap local idiots.
Big Society is simply about helping each other out. Don't shut the door and block your neighbours out, open it and invite them in.
The 'Big Society' is a delusional dream that's everybody elses Nightmare. 'Big Sobriety' awakening from the drunken state UK.
Big Society is the Haves getting the Have Nots to do more for nothing
it's about empowering society to make decisions for itself rather than relying on an interfering statist bureaucracy
A masked attempt to make privatisation palatable.
The Big Society is where the Big money is in the hands of rich bankers & Society turns up to volunteer at closed down libraries.
Of course, resultant resurgence in "manufacturing" hailed as New Dawn for UK!!
a shift of responsibility by the government to cut the deficit.
Big Society = successful grassroots activism falsely claimed by an unpopular government as evidence of a successful policy.
It's doing away with jobs, cursing the unemployed for not having jobs & then making them work for nothing....
I think it's some kind of bankers' charity.
passing responsibilities of government onto local government and individuals to deflect blame when something goes wrong #bigsociety
a very bad crap idea with no hope (bit like our pm & his sidekick!)
.@krishgm #BigSocietyis cutting services and then getting people to do them for free without reducing taxes.
And incidentally now being used to express the same sentiment as the "no such thing" quote. Brazenly cynical.
Big Society is pretty fail, but the ideas behind are sound, people just expect state unsustainable state handouts
Big Society = community service for innocent people
no it's not - that's church n pub n cinema n friends n walking in forest - all that is not big society
.@krishgm #BigSocietyis "if your local services close and you can't be bothered to volunteer, it's your own fault."
Big Society - Smaller government, more work for the voluntary sector and if you don't like it, it's your own fault!
It's the Gov's way of saying "Well you have a go if you think you can do better" Then "I told you so" afterwards!
Big Society: make hundreds of thousands of people redundant. Then ask them to volunteer to help run the country for free.
big society? Something that's been happening for centuries.
Cardiff, Wales, UK
modern day slave labour masked as volunteering
Big Society? Dereliction of public service responsibilities for the sake of a few quid
RT What is the Big Society? Definitions please that could possibly be read out on air. < Arf!
a picture of selflessness used to disguise entirely selfish objectives
Read out on air? Is that before or after the 2100 hours watershed?
Where the work is, southern UK
It's a cheap & not-cheerful way for the Govt to avoid its fiscal & moral obligations.
A cynical and dishonest attempt to make us do things for nothing, that were previously funded by the state
Big Society = hand over responsibility for difficult decisions and when people complain tell them they got what they asked for
Big Soc. is a happy ONE inspired by LOVE ruled from a gentle heart for mother earth & all living beings never hurting anyone
a huge conglomeration of people trying to find their way through the chaos of life!!! Really, no one has a clue about it.
Big Society is a political stunt - reminiscent of Majors Back to Basics.
pretty much. People power/empowerment. If 'it's already happening' as people say, a definition isn't needed, no?
Like so much political chat - irrelevant to 99% of us.
Stick to three main (and similar) points: more volunteering, more community involvement and more power given to community groups.
euphemism for cuts + selling off to friends in private sector.
But the State will have a major influence, particularly over financing. This is the rise of third sector quangos.
that's the joke when their doing their best to divide and criminalise society with their anti society laws
The idea that tasks previously performed by state employees will be done by well-meaning volunteers.
UK & wannabe U!S!A! :)
Deflection tactic? After all we have spent so much time talking about it! But also an opportunity to (cont) http://tl.gd/8q7s4c
I wouldn't ask Thatcher - she thought there was no such thing as society
BS= create inequality by providing nothing & leaving it to the people, then blaming those with least resources for lack of services
Big society - "A lame alternative the coalition will hide behind when explaining the cuts"
Encouraging people to look after eachother so distress and loss of human life caused by the cuts can be kept to a minimum. Smart!
definition for a Big Society... What's going on in Egypt.
An empty PR soundbite from an ex-PR man PM looking increasingly short on any real vision about the future of this country.
London, United Kingdom
#bigsociety = dismantling public services; those in need wait around on the off chance that someone comes along to look after them
A popular venue
big society: a bullingdon club we can all join?
'Big Society' was single by 80's stadium wannabes Then Jericho..oh hold on, that was 'Big Area'..mind you, there are similarities
rich people telling poor people how to live
big society = another name for privatising welfare
the Big Society - depressing the country to force us into comfort eating
Sack public sector staff then get them to "volunteer" to provide the same services they were providing in the first place . . .
#BigSociety: 1 which z able to provide4 d psychological and material needs of its members with less reliance on a central authority
It makes sense if you look at the obverse - it's really about the small state. If they were honest they'd be saying it's up to you'
Wood Green, London
"The Big Society" is the idea that we should stop expecting the state to sort out all our problems.
Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire
My personal motto "Enough small drops together make a tidal wave" to me sums up Big Soceity
between a rock & a hard place
The Big Society Communitarianism, a global doctrine espousing social entrepreneurship. We've had it for years under many names.
are you disappointed you didn't get a retweet or mention on c4 with your last tweet?
An empty maxim designed to curry favour with voters only to be left as hollow as its mantra
BS= govt relinquishing control to empower the people OR cuts through the back door
it's what motivates CEOs & others in vol sector, & has done for decades - working together to see people progress - needs resources
The Big Bang
the 'Big Society' is what's happening in Egypt
#BigSociety is grasped & supported by those willing to serve their locality - NOT by life's leeches #Labour #Legacy
Why oh why don't people just say no to overpriced traders, after next month's budget they will be forced to forcing prices down
a way of cutting back on services without using the word closure- we aren't closing your day care setter, you can run it yourself.