Interesting post last week on Patrick Butler’s cuts blog. As I’ve discussed before here and here, politicians of all parties love volunteering and fall over themselves in the race to ascribe volunteers with mystical powers. For our leaders, volunteering – people ‘just doing’ good things for free – is as magical as social enterprise with the added bonus that more people have actually heard of it.
As with all magic solutions that politicians really like, there is an alternative reality experienced by people trying to act on their enthusiasm. While it’s true that, one way or another, we have hit on a ...more