One of the pioneering policies of the Coalition Government has been The Big Society. This initiative has been based upon the principles of empowering communities, redistributing power and fostering a culture of volunteerism. We at www.the-big-society.co.uk felt certain that Members of Parliament would be leading by example with regard to this progressive, innovative strategy. Consequently, we wrote to every MP on the government benches to ask them to detail all the voluntary work they had undertaken during the summer and winter recesses of Parliament.
The results were underwhelming. At the time of David Cameron's relaunch of the Big Society project on 14 February 2011, only 8% of Coalition MPs had declared any voluntary contributions to The Big Society. The information to date suggests that the vast majority of Coalition MPs have yet to buy into The Big Society project.
Are we really all in this together? Only time will tell.