Thirty years ago we had a Tory administration where Thatcher declared “There is no such thing as society”. Now we have big Dave beseeching us to embrace ‘Big Society’; whilst here on the Isle of Wight we have little Dave trying to close down or slash Council Services, with the implication that we had better take on the jobs ourselves, voluntarily, or lose services altogether. Wighteye had to chuckle at the declaration of Liverpool City Council that it was withdrawing from big Dave’s ‘Big Society’, it had resonances of the Hatton era. On the Isle of Wight we have little Dave’s society of highly paid consultants, a kind of inverse Robin Hood approach, if you like. So, while big Dave seems to be saying cut administration before you cut services, little Dave appears to be doing the opposite. If the bosses can’t sort the message out, then us ordinary people will have to tell them!
That’s exactly what hundreds of East Cowes residents did last Saturday. They were clear in their rejection of Isle of Wight Council proposals to shut East Cowes Library, to introduce a toll for foot passengers on the floating bridge and in the closure of public toilets.
Perhaps big or little Dave should get a band of merry men (bankers, consultants) down to the Isle of Wight to see the effect of their actions.