Big Society is a piece of spin of Mandelssohnian brilliance-in fact, it might even have been cooked up on that yacht with Osborne. The aspect of it that might work is the devolution of decisions to small teams,in that this has been a trend in business,new media etc and in my day job field it can result in better decisions and less fudge. Its the bit that acknowledges what's happening anyway.
BBM, you too might remember when a CRB check was free and the local police station could suplly it for you the next day. Now it costs over 40 quid and can take months, and all manner of people need one. Where has the money gone? You can still get a vulmerable adults cert in a day, but the kids' one can take months. While its vital that everyone is safe, this doesnt quite add up I think. Its also indicative of the gravy train over which the last lot presided in an 'intensely relaxed' way.