"I walk the borough for days, trying to find what Cameron celebrates about this council – until, at the tip of the borough, I find a large grassy metaphor for Conservative priorities that seems so crude that I wonder whether it could have been secretly designed by the Socialist Workers Party cartoonist and plonked in my path. Hurlingham Park was a big vibrant patch of green where kids from the local estates could play, and run on one of the few professional running tracks in the country, in a setting so classically beautiful it was used in the film Chariots of Fire. But then the Conservatives were elected. They handed the park over to a large international polo consortium that has ripped out the running track and shut the park down for a month every year – so rich people can watch polo for hundreds of pounds a day."
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Welcome To Big Society. Go Fuck Yourselves.
Just in case anyone was in any doubt that Big Society is a euphemism for closure of key public services and mass privatisation under the guise of "choice", there's a great article in the Independent about Fulham and Hammersmith Council, that "model of compassionate conservatism". You can read the whole article here, but here's the bit that made me least angry, if only because it's so ridiculous: