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||Oct. 8th, 2002 10:11 am|
Duncan Smith plans charity boost|
Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith is to unveil new plans to offer charities a major role in providing social services.
Duncan Smith plans major welfare funding cuts
Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith is to unveil new plans to leave the provision of social services to charities.
He doesn't seem to have said that he'll make them pay for the running costs though. And charities know how to provide a good service for not a lot of money. So if he gives them the funding to do what they were doing already but for more people, they'll probably do it better than it's being done at the moment. And charities tend to be focused on the task and not on massaging statistics like governments.
I think it's a good idea.
I was watching the coverage of the start of the Tory party conference yesterday, and was startled to see their banner slogan 'It's time to think about public services'. It wasn't until I heard the rest of the report than I realised the Tories have a different idea of what a 'public service' is to the rest of us.
They're going to involve charities in healthcare and education, and also offer loans and/or grants to middle-class parents so they can get their little Johnny and Alicia into public schools, rather than spending the money on improving state school provision.
It's all in the presentation, isn't it?
There was a Steve Bell cartoon many years ago (nearly twenty, now I think about it) with two panels. One had a naked, wild-haired and wild-eyed Keith Joseph carrying a pail, tagged "A madman with a bucket of shit". The other had Kenneth Baker in a nice suit, smiling, holding a pail behind his back, titled "a smoothie with a discrete container of ordure".
It's all in the presentation.