Little at Large: Community is great, but viewers prefer The Beatles

It's always refreshing when the media picks up on the sector's ideas.

Mathew Little
Mathew Little

Take Community Day, the campaign for an extra bank holiday for community activities. When breakfast show GMTV decided it's seriously amiss that Britain has the lowest number of bank holidays in Europe, and asked viewers to vote on a theme for a new holiday, Community Day was a hot favourite. But it never made the final four. Perhaps volunteering doesn't have the allure of Shakespeare, Diana, British Armed Forces or Beatles Day. But why can't they be honest and call it The Chance to Get Up Late and Drink All Day Day?

- Judging by the temporal awareness of some civil servants, maybe we could sneak an extra bank holiday onto the calendar without the Government noticing. Witnesses to the Public Administration Select Committee's inquiry into third sector public service delivery, including the NCVO's Stuart Etherington and Debra Allcock Tyler of the Directory of Social Change, were pleased to be asked to attend the hearing on Thursday 27 January. That's fine, except 27 January actually falls on a Sunday.

- This year could see the NGO version of Groundhog Day. With the Government determined to press ahead with a scheme to construct new nuclear power stations, Greenpeace is thinking of challenging the decision in the High Court. If that rings any bells, it's because the organisation did the same last year, forcing a new consultation. Now that consultation has confirmed the original policy, Greenpeace is thinking of challenging it yet again. The Government is so obviously gagging to build new Sellafields everywhere, any consultation is bound to appear a sham. The only way out is probably for it to come out against nuclear power, hold a consultation and then change its mind.

- Mathew Little is a freelance writer

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