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British PM sets out commitment to Big Society

02-15-2011 07:40 BJT

LONDON, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has set out the government's vision and commitment to the Big Society, an initiative about helping people to come together to improve their own lives, according to a press statement posted by the PM's office on its website on Monday.

The initiative is about putting more power in people's hands -- a massive transfer of power from Whitehall to local communities, said the press statement.

In the statement, Cameron was quoted as describing the government's deficit-reduction program as his "duty" whereas the Big Society was his "absolute passion" and his mission in politics.

"I think it's a different way of governing, a different way of going about trying to change our country for the better, and it's going to get every bit of my passion and attention over the five years of this government," said prime minister.

Cameron said Britain needed people to take more responsibility, noting that government action could only ever be part of the answer to solving society's problems and that he wanted to make it easier for people to volunteer.

"Too many people have stopped taking responsibility for their lives and for the people around them. Why?" he said, "Now I don't think this has happened because we've somehow become bad people. I think at its core, it's the consequence of years and years of Big Government."

As the state got bigger and more powerful, it took away from people more and more things that they should and could be doing for themselves, for their families and their neighbors, he said.

It's the culture of rules, targets, laws, tick boxes and perverse signals that pay people to sit on the sofa rather than go to work, he added.



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Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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