Big Society

The Prime Minister has deployed his Anglican faith to win back traditional voters who have deserted his party. It won’t work

‘Charitable income will suffer from the Budget, as the Treasury knows’

English convent life has slipped out of sight. But women in holy orders still have a crucial role in an increasingly secular society

No phrase of Margaret Thatcher caused as much uproar, and was so wilfully misinterpreted, as “There is no such thing as society.”  As usual with famous quotes, she didn’t quite say that, but she was pretty close. Her exact words came in an interview with Woman’s Own in 1987: “I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand ‘I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!’ or ‘I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!’ ‘I am homeless, the Government must house me!’ and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families, and no government can do anything except through people, and people look to themselves first.”

Who will want to volunteer to sit on school boards in the harsh new education climate?

David Cameron should enlist everybody up to the Queen to rebuild Britain’s moral foundations

The Tory leader’s Big Society speech promises a revolution. But have we been here before?