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On the face of it, it seems like a very good idea.
On Channel 4’s The Last Leg yesterday evening, Adam Hills revealed a plan to counteract the severely detrimental effects of George Osborne’s budget, from the ground upwards.
He said the budget removed government help from those who need it most, and reasoned that – if the government won’t provide, then ordinary people should step in and fill the gap.
He proposed a Twitter hashtag, #LegUp, where people could request – or offer – a ‘leg up’ from others who can provide it – or to others who need it.
The idea went viral within minutes, and within hours it was a global trend.
And that’s really good… BUT:
Isn’t this doing what David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ tried to achieve, back in 2010?
#LegUp has people doing – for no reward – what public services used to provide at a cost of millions of pounds, before the Conservative Government took it away.
Isn’t it doing David Cameron’s dirty work for him?
This Writer doesn’t think that is the intention. Look at The Last Leg and you’ll see that this is absolutely not a Tory-glory show!
Perhaps #LegUp is just a place to start.
If the premise was taken further, and into specialised areas, it may be possible to use it to starve Tory-supporting businesses; if their services can be provided freely via #LegUp, there would be no need to pay for them.
Plus, of course, there would be no tax gain from the services provided – that’s one huge difference from Cameron’s ‘Big Society’, which was intended as a way of helping Tory-donor businesses profit from the shrinking of the state.
Eventually – if it doesn’t prove to be a flash-in-the-pan fad – #LegUp could become an economic system of its own, paying lip-service to the economy that has been taken over by the greedy, while taking away the liquidity it needs to survive.
That would put ordinary people in a much better position to bargain with Chancellors like the mendacious Osborne.
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