Why David Cameron’s Big Society does not include wine

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David Cameron eats small puppies. FACT.

David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ seems to depend on the willingness of volunteers to give up their free time in order to apply their skills for the public good.

As the Coalition government lit the ‘bonfire of the quangos’ last week, much media scorn was directed towards the ‘Foreign Office’s Government Hospitality Advisory Committee on the Purchase of Wines’ (GHACPW). The committee was responsible for choosing wines on behalf of the Foreign Office for all its official functions.

Surely no one could argue that such a committee should be axed in theses austere times and the savings ploughed back into the public purse?

However, the truth of the matter is that the four Masters of Wine on this particular quango gave their time up for free.

Yes, that’s right. Four highly qualified professional workers gave their time up for free for the benefit of the state. Sounds pretty ‘Big Society’ to me.

Robert Alexander, head of government hospitality in the protocol directorate of the Foreign Office, said:

“The members and chairman of the GHACPW are not paid. They offer their advice to government hospitality at no cost, although they are entitled to claim travel expenses to attend meetings of the committee. The committee meets only four times each year for half a day. The four members of the committee are all masters of wine, and the chairman is a retired diplomat, Sir David Wright. I act as secretary to the committee. The committee was established in 1922, and has existed, in one form or another, since.”

This week the coalition will reveal it’s Comprehensive Spending Review after which tens of thousands of hard working people will lose their jobs . This will be presented by a man who has never had a regular job – George ‘My family is filthy rich’ Osborne.

So. There you have it. Politics as usual. I’m afraid not even WineOfTheWeek can drink to that.

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3 Responses to Why David Cameron’s Big Society does not include wine

  1. stevo October 18, 2010 at 18:47 #

    you helped raise funds for these professional politicians though??? your article of the 14th July in the year our lord 2010 suggests you went quite willingly as well. stick to the vino old chap.

    • Gavino October 18, 2010 at 23:07 #

      Steve, may I correct you. I beleive that you are referring to the article on July 14th 2009. I would like to confirm that I did not pay for my own raffle ticket so am absolved of any responsibility for the George Osborne by law.

  2. stevo October 19, 2010 at 00:04 #

    hmmm did you not use your universal suffrage for the other half of the coalition who sign off everything the palest man on the face of the earth does?? guilty by association i’m afraid. to assuage your guilt i’d like a case of 2009 red bordeaux please, please send it to my second home at chateau de farce s’il vous plait.

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