Maude: volunteering is good for others not me!


11:38 am - August 22nd 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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As part of their ‘Big Society’ idea – the Conservatives want everyone to get involved in volunteering.

So clearly they must have lots of experience themselves?

Not the man who is in charge of the Big society programme himself – Francis Maude, according to his own words.

He is asked on Radio 4, by Eddie Mair, what volunteering he does.

His response? “Er, that’s a very unfair question.” (via Kevin Blowe)

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Maude should be volunteering, then he might get a better sense of how little money organisations get by on – money that the Tories seem intent on taking away at the same time as encouraging people to volunteer. Is he aware that it costs money to take on volunteers – find them, train them, manage them, give them the resources they need, get them CRB checked, perhaps cover some of their costs etc.

I volunteer in a local youth club for 3 hours a week, that’s hardly a whole lot of time Francis, on your bike you lazy sod! :p

Either way it’s no coincidence that Big Society has the acronym it does.

I agree it s an unfair question. After all, MPs are very busy people.

Trouble is, they are no more busy than accountants, lawyers, engineers, mums, dads, bus drivers, factory workers, and pretty much anyone else who works full time.

Hence it is a farce of an aspiration.

3. the a&e charge nurse

Perhaps Maude should ‘volunteer’ the unspoken truth that it is one rule for council estate oiks, and another for a high ranking politico who helps out at the local church but is unable to recall exactly what it is he did there?

Silly people, he doesn’t do any volunteering because all volunteering opportunities were destroyed by Labour & evil health and safety legislation. That’s why it’s an unfair question. In a libertarian paradise he wouldn’t sleep so he could fit in all those extra hours of volunteering.

5. the a&e charge nurse

Isn’t this the sort of extra-curricular activity that Francis Maude is most interested in?
“The shadow minister for the cabinet office (FM), attempted to claim the mortgage interest on his family home in Sussex. This arrangement was rejected by the Fees Office. Two years later, Mr Maude bought a flat in London a few minutes walk from a house he already owned. He then rented out the other property and began claiming on the new flat: the taxpayer has since covered nearly £35,000 in mortgage interest payments”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5305293/David-Camerons-shadow-cabinet-drawn-into-expenses-scandal-MPs-expenses.html

Oh, I know it’s all too complicated for ordinary people to understand, but then again Mr Maude does not appear to understand interview questions about HIS contribution to D-Cam’s ‘big society’ – leaving aside the mysterious work he does for the local church?

6. John Jameson

It would be easy to miss the first bit of the recording, “our obligations to each other don’t end with paying with our taxes.” In the case of Philip Green, the recently appointed advisor on efficiency, Lord Ashcroft and many, many other prominent Tories and members of the government they don’t even pass that test!

Can Cameron’s “Big Society” work? Or is it just a cover for cuts? Post your views and vote in our poll – http://www.vox-pops.com/topic.php?topicID=429

I seem to remember that Francis Maude likes to keep himself busy but I wouldn’t quite call it volunteering….

Senior Tory Francis Maude and the sub-prime profit. Francis Maude accused of hypocrisy over his £100,000 income as director of failed mortgage sales group

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/may/03/francis-maude-sub-prime-mortgage

Maude really is a fucking stupid cunt, he wants to cut our public services and replace them with Dads Army and he isn’t even a fucking volunteer himself and he made a chunk of money out of MPs expenses.

Maybe he thinks sitting on the board of companies is volunteering?


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  1. Liberal Conspiracy

    Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  2. Samuel West

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  3. Glyn Davies

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  4. Missbah

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  5. Colin Smith

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  6. Carlos

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG < This just sums the Coalition up.

  7. Malcolm Evison

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  8. matthew bond

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  9. Vikhas Chechi

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  10. Lisa James

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  11. Dave Naylor

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  12. Tim Phillips-White

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  13. Ros Ball

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  14. Adam Geraghty

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  15. Steve Morris

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  16. Greg Sheppard

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/08/22/tories-want-us-to-volunteer-but-dont-have-time-themselves/

  17. Nick Hall

    Govt want all to volunteer & paradoxically make it compulsory for civil service.Shame that Francis Maude hasnt the time http://bit.ly/dnMpyT

  18. Despina Mavrou

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG /via @exitthelemming

  19. K Burnham

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  20. Rachael

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG <<Ha ha! Foolish Maude!

  21. Nate

    “@libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG” – Exactly!

  22. Adam Jennison

    RT @libcon Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  23. Lise Smith

    RT @piecebypiece: RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG /via @exitthelemming

  24. Nadia

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG <Maude, the buffoon.

  25. sunny hundal

    Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  26. Carmen D'Cruz

    Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG (via @sunny_hundal)

  27. HouseOfTwitsLab

    RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  28. House Of Twits

    RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  29. John Jameson

    RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG – brilliant!

  30. Victoria MacDonald

    RT @HouseOfTwitsLab: RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  31. Aileen Kane

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  32. David Marsden

    ? @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for #BigSociety gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  33. Andy Sutherland

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  34. Janis McCulloch

    RT @HouseOfTwitsLab: RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  35. Alex Mitchell

    Francis Maude says he does things in his community every week. But that's not volunteering if it's part of your job. http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  36. Rosie

    RT @HouseOfTwitsLab: RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  37. Di

    RT @dmarsd: ? @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for #BigSociety gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  38. Gloo Communications

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  39. Adam Shulman

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  40. beefqueen

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  41. ANN LANGLEY

    RT @HouseOfTwitsLab: RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  42. john payne

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  43. LLPaulJ

    RT @carmenego: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG (via @sunn …

  44. Guy

    RT @carmenego: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG (via @sunny_hundal)

  45. Daniel Penfold

    RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out http://bit.ly/afpwbG via@beefqueen

  46. Ben Folley

    RT @houseoftwits: RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  47. Rick Muir

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  48. Luke Massey

    Great spluttering response from Francis Maude >> RT @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  49. Stuart Carter

    Maude: volunteering is good for others not me! http://t.co/COrUTzF via @libcon

  50. Richard Prowse

    RT @Daniel_Penfold: RT @sunny_hundal Tories want us to volunteer but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out http://bit.ly/afpwbG via@beefqueen

  51. Casper ter Kuile

    *awkward* – if you're advocating people to volunteer, it might be worth doing it yourself: http://tinyurl.com/3xp9sar

  52. Martin Childs

    RT @casperkt *awkward* – if you're advocating people to volunteer, it might be worth doing it yourself: http://tinyurl.com/3xp9sar

  53. James Looker

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tories want us to volunteer, but do they do it? Minister for Big Society gets caught out: http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  54. James Blair

    Govt's 'big society' minister: "(I could tell you what volunteering I do) if I had time to prepare" http://tinyurl.com/3xp9sar

  55. DIANE BRIERLEY

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  56. Mili

    This is almost as brilliant as Michael Gove declaring he is a banana! http://tinyurl.com/36jkw3j Francis Maude on volunteering, via @libcon

  57. Liz K

    RT @libcon: Tories want us to volunteer; but don't have time themselves! http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  58. sunny hundal

    Tory minister Francis Maude lauds volunteering http://bbc.in/aJTFmF // So has he done it himself? http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  59. Simon

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tory minister Francis Maude lauds volunteering http://bbc.in/aJTFmF // So has he done it himself? http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  60. SymeonBrown

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  61. Paul Duxbury

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  62. barry leary

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tory minister Francis Maude lauds volunteering http://bbc.in/aJTFmF // So has he done it himself? http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  63. Rachel Hardy

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tory minister Francis Maude lauds volunteering http://bbc.in/aJTFmF // So has he done it himself? http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  64. Jill Gordon

    RT @libcon: Maude: volunteering is good for others not me! http://bit.ly/afpwbG

  65. Mari Elliott

    @VickiMcCorkell Oh, here we go, the interview I just mentioned – 'Maude: volunteering is good for others, not me!' http://bit.ly/dnMpyT

  66. wildswim

    Maude: volunteering is good for others not me! | Liberal Conspiracy http://t.co/jdSud5c via @libcon

  67. Huw Jordan

    My tweetalogue of Francis Maude idiocy. Last July: http://t.co/fcaGVBi Wednesday: http://t.co/08AOfyO Yesterday: http://t.co/JqpvmVJ Idiot.

  68. Ross Pollard

    Excellent interview with Francis 'Big Society' Maude – http://t.co/JDKcn3p

  69. Liam120

    @TimMontgomerie @RachelReevesMP Ask Maude if he's started doing charitable things since Mair caught him off guard – http://t.co/YSoUqWwU





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