Op-Ed: Volunteering is no bad thing or is it?
You have to admire those who volunteer to help the needy and charities often making a huge positive difference to lives but there can be a catch.
In our current cut-price tory country volunteers can reduce the number of real jobs and be open to abuse.
Take Friday's news that "Theresa May plans to replace traffic wardens with an army of unpaid volunteers" but just where will those volunteers come from?
And more importantly what will happen to the wardens?
Drivers may not care about the answer to the last question but they should.
Traffic wardens are often criticised, the target for anger, accused of being little Hitler's or job's worth’s especially if they do their job to the letter of their working contracts.
As a non-driver traffic wardens have never even come near my radar but they are employees carrying out a job of work that is not always easy.
If some used show too much gusto and glee slapping a fine on your car consider how a volunteer may behave.
After all if you volunteer for such a job the chances are that you will be a little power-crazed or have nothing better to do with your life.
As budget cuts bite and policing priorities shift to cyber-crime and preventing terrorism the Standard reports:
Traffic wardens could be phased out under new plans expected to be announced by the Home Secretary.
Cameron’s Big Society was outed as a big con some time ago but in recent weeks it is resurfacing.
If another global economic crisis is on the way, and we already know more austerity will be announced in government budgets anyway, volunteers rather than paid employees may suit this government well.
The Home Office is testing the water and how we all respond could determine whether more volunteers rather than paid jobs is rolled out across the UK and other jobs.
Perhaps our dear government, who all have wealth, could volunteer as MPs and lead on this one?
From our 2012 archives: Is Cameron's UK Big Society simply BS?