Politics is a game for the thick skinned…

…but hopefully not insensitive people.

My guess is that this won’t be the last time that a government minister finds that talking about the Big Society in places where it’s supposed to be taking place won’t be as comfortable as doing it in a big conference or in interviews with the media.

It’s going to take some really thick skin for Ministers to stick to their guns that all of the spending decisions are for local people when they are confronted with the difficulties that the voluntary sector is already experiencing and must be anticipating worsening as a result of the CSR in October.

George Osborn looks to me to be someone who won’t loose too much sleep over this sort of thing, whether other Ministers have the same zeal we’ll have to wait and see.


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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One Response to Politics is a game for the thick skinned…

  1. Mr. Brownstone says:

    oh dear 🙂 plenty of difficult consituency issues ahead for the tories and LDs, did you hear that some senior tories are protesting the proposed closure of their local courts? and that’s only a small snip off the hair of one bit of public services, the full weight of the blade will be coming in october. Bye-bye Sure Start, bye-bye legal aid, bye-bye council services, bye-bye constituency support.

    With such a bitter pill they’re going to have to come up with a pretty significant sweetener, and I doubt the current Winstonian ‘all in this together’ message will continue to be enough.

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