We've had the Leader of Manchester City Council claiming that reducing council spending back to 2005 levels was as difficult as dealing with the 1996 IRA bomb that devastated the city. There was also Alan Bennett claiming that "Closing libraries is child abuse".
Stella's contribution to the level headed and grown up debate about the size and scope of the State was to say:
"By not setting out the purpose of the Big Society, the government leave themselves open to acknowledging a whole range of volunteering activities that they may not want to support.So there you have it, in Stellaworld, greater civic participation without the throttling grip of the State means that the Ku Klux Klan will run amok. Really?
"Taken to extremes, for example, the Ku Klux Klan and the English Defence League would be seen as wanting to bring people together for a particular purpose in their local community, but I am sure none of us would want to promote such organisations and their values."
I love the insertion of the phrase "taken to extremes" in that quote, it opens the doors to almost anything. The last government increased the levels of State control, snooping and intervention in people's lives to an unprecedented level, taken to extremes that could mean that Labour is in fact a totalitarian, fascist regime.
I need to lose a bit of weight, so I'm going to eat a little less. Taken to extremes I will have starved to death by early next week. Funnily enough people and governments tend not to take things to extremes.