December 13, 2010

TWO PARTIES IS PLENTY:

Nick Clegg says 'big society' same as liberalism: Lib Dem leader backs Cameron's big idea as localism bill is published and plans set out for public service reforms (Patrick Wintour and Polly Curtis, 12/13/10, The Guardian)

The ideological bond between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives will strengthen today when Nick Clegg describes the "big society" and liberalism as the same, and the two parties set out an agreed path to transform public services.

The joint six-point plan for public service reform, drafted by the decentralisation minister Greg Clark, will be published alongside today's localism bill.

The bill will grant new powers to local authorities and communities, decentralising power and putting in place the legislative tools to implement the Conservatives' big society project, under which volunteers and communities will take over control of services from the state.

In his foreword to the public service reform plan, Clegg, who has been under attack from some grassroots Lib Dems for being too close to the Conservatives, argues that both parties support the big society and a radical decentralisation of public services, even if they have used a different language to fight its cause.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 13, 2010 6:29 AM
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