DAVID Cameron has been quick to condemn ‘Big Government’ as part of the justification for his notion of the ‘Big Society’.
And others have not been slow to ape his view, notably bosses at Third Sector and the Local Government Chronicle.
They came up with the extraordinary ‘Big Society, not Big Government’ logo.
Elsewhere, not least amongst the social enterprise community itself, many appear quick to rush into the arms of the Big Society, while parroting Cameron’s denunciation of Big Government.
Although the latest coverage reveals widespread sceptiscism about the merits of Cameron’s idea.
So let us speak up for Big Government.
Without Big Government, we would not have the comprehensive school system giving many children the only opportunity to fulfill their potential.
Without Big Government, we would not have a National Health Service saving the lives of millions of patients every year.
Without Big Government, we would not have the protection of the Welfare State for the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.
David Cameron may be intent on reducing the role of Big Government, but many of us have cause to be grateful for its existence.
Perhaps better to talk about Good Government and Bad Government?
We know which term accurately applies today.