It has become clear to me now what David Cameron was actually talking about when he revealed his vision for a 'Big Society. At the time, to be honest, I thought it was a hallucinogenic mopping up operation aimed at Socialists and Left-leaners that had lost their way with Labour.
How wrong I was.
It has been reported several times lately in various newspapers that the number of families presenting at their doctors with symptoms of malnutrition because they are putting their children first, admirably, with their limited resources is steadily increasing. Also of note is the almost exponential increase in food banks springing up for which demand is so great that a referal from a professional is required these days. Women supply the vast majority of the volunteer labour required to run these food banks.
This is not a pretty picture but to give credit (?) where it is due David Cameron has increased the number of women in work, brought about a surge in volunteering and created a community feeling. All-be-it one of hatred for him which I assume was not the desired effect. However, if he will insist upon stirring up communities that he clearly has no understanding of the law of unintended consequences will naturally be applied.
Although Labour are in a bit of a pickle at the moment and do not have a single policy or position worthy of seripus discussion this will change. Make no mistake about that!
I believe that even with the opposition as it stands today, if there was a General Election tomorrow the Conservatives could not win it.