Today’s economic figures will be disappointing. People think George Osborne’s plans are all about cuts; where is the growth strategy? Voters don’t understand what David Cameron stands for. The concept of the ‘Big Society’ has gained no traction with Joe Public. These problems are all linked to each other, thus the political solution is to connect them all together.
The fact that the economic recovery is currently sluggish is not surprising. There are no quick fixes. Getting the economy to grow again is a long and complicated job, and Cameron and Osborne have never tried to pretend otherwise. We are not alone in this. As we see on a daily basis, the Euro-zone and USA are still struggling to grapple with the consequences of the 2009 Credit Crunch. One of the problems the Coalition has is in promoting its growth message. Apart from cuts most are not sure what is being done to encourage this magical thing called growth.
The Big Society should be promoted as being a key strand of the government’s attempt to kick-start growth. Fiona Melville and I expanded on this point in a recent article for Ethos Journal.
“The Big Society is about supporting people to innovate to achieve growth in ways that the State could never imagine. Paul Romer, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, says, “Economic growth occurs whenever people take resources and rearrange them in ways that are more valuable.” But for this to happen, you need people to be free to have ideas, and for them to feel that they have the capacity within themselves, and the support of their peers and their government, to deliver them.
“By opening up the State’s huge resources – of purchasing power, of manpower and venues, of data – the Big Society will offer more opportunities to those innovators to succeed.”
If you want to find out more about why we believe Big Society and open up the States resources can achieve growth you can read the full Ethos article.