I have my own family now and my own house in a nice residential street in peaceful suburbia. Yet, I am ashamed to admit that I barely know the names of more than a couple of neighbours. I would never knock on their door to borrow anything and rarely exchange more than a polite hello with most of them.
George Osborne isn't the first politician to covert the lottery millions. Rumours have circulated regularly, some well evidenced, but in the end no more than rumours. The Chancellor must understand, as have his predecessors, the unique and irreplaceable valuable of a substantial fund that meets need and unleashes potential in communities throughout the UK. The Big Lottery Fund is at the heart of our common wealth. It is not your money, Mr Osborne.
In the light of the recent terror attacks in Paris, it might not seem the best time for this blog about the positive nature of faith; I did pen in before the most recent incidents. However, on the other hand maybe this is just the right time to put out this opinion, to exercise freedom of expression, in favour of faith. No one should be cowed into a corner at a time like this unable to express thought and opinion.
Even the quickest google of WWE's charitable endeavours will silence any sceptics seeking to disparage the aforementioned union as a CSR gimmick. Over the course of many years now, WWE appears to have deepened and widened its community engagement and philanthropic commitment with quite remarkable results.
We need publicly-acknowledged leaders to be as brave as the unacknowledged leaders who are our community and local Fun Palaces Makers, those who step up and say, "Yes, I'll do this - we'll do this. We'll create something in, for, by and with my local community - something fun." A nation of engaged and integrated communities - there is no reason we can't have this, it just needs people to say yes.