JHL's new President criticizes the British concept of "Big Society"
JHL (27.10.2011 - Juhani Artto)
"The Big Society seems to have small services", JHL's new President Jarkko
Eloranta concludes in his column in JHL's magazine Motiivi. The Big
Society Eloranta refers to is the slogan chosen by the British Prime
Cameron and his Conservative Party.
"The empowerment of communities and individuals sounds very positive,
providing a veneer of idealism to
the Big Society concept ", Eloranta writes. "But, in reality what really
lies behind the Big Society idea concerns the economy: the need and
especially the desire to cut taxes which will inevitably result in cuts to
public services and social welfare."
In Finland the think-tank EVA, strongly in favour of Big Business, has
recently published a booklet (Power to Communities) on the British model.
Eloranta hasn’t much positive to say on the ideas presented in the booklet.
Quite the opposite: he ridicules the idea of kindergartens or drug addiction
clinics becoming dependent on the voluntary work of ordinary citizens.