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The Big Society

By David Cameron :  19/07/2010 :  Comments (18) :

David Cameron, PM... speaking to Mike Owen

Being in Liverpool today, the home of Everton Football Club, I just want to tell you all how much I admire the work of the Ruleteros Society and the great work you have done in getting on this game with the Everton in Chile. It is a great example of what I mean by the Big Society. Perhaps the word big is a little misleading in what I am trying to convey. What I want to see, and what I am trying to encourage is lots of initiatives by the little people at the grassroots that work their way up through the system and have a big impact.

And that's what we have with the Ruleteros Society. I know it is a bilateral initiative ? stretching across the Atlantic, Andes and Amazon ? but it started in a public house in Liverpool, with a group of Evertonians wanting to highlight and celebrate the fact that their great club went over to South America in 1909 ? a remarkable journey in those days ? and played a series of games to such effect, with skill and passion and dedication that a football club was set up by young enthusiasts in Chile and named after the club here.

The Blues that set up the Ruleteros Society in 2002 began forging links with supporters of the Everton in Chile. It is a unique relationship in world football. I know there have been exchange visits between supporters and now you have the teams meeting at Goodison Park on Wednesday 4 August.

I take my hats off to you. There are the things you do because it's your passion. Things that fire you up in the morning, that drive you, that you truly believe will make a real difference to the club you love, and my great passion is building the Big Society. These are the types of efforts I want to see to turn government completely on its head.

This is why I am proud to be a Blue, this is why I am proud to call myself an Evertonian. I know I am considered posh, but some of my best days at Eton and Oxford where when Boris, George and I and the other boys would hire a mini-bus and drive to Upton Park, White Hart Lane, where-ever the Blues were playing in London, we wouldn't miss. You might have seen our flag: Bullingdon Blues. Yes, some of the Scouse blues would take the mick out of our accents. But when Everton scored, we were like every other Blue there, limbs everywhere, falling on the chaps in the row in front.

As for those reds, I have spoken to George and we are in total agreement on this ? that we must be tough on the banks, especially the Royal Bank of Scotland, and consequently Liverpool Football Club must repay all its debts by the end of next week.

As you know, George is obsessional on deficit reduction and so he's delighted with the prices for the Everton Chile game, £10 for adults and £3 for everyone else.

But now I must go. Glad I had enough time to call in at Everton Two. Barack will be made up with those shirts I've bought for them all in the White House. Michelle will look particularly fetching in the pink. Good job I bought one for Sam, too. I'm putting a number 10 on mine. George is of course getting an 11 on his.

If you see pictures of the President and I in Washington, look for the little Everton lapel badge on my jacket.

See you at Goodison Park on Wednesday 4 August. I hope to be in the Brick before. As usual these days, I'll have a Brown over.


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Michael Kenrick
1   Posted 19/07/2010 at 22:01:33

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Brendan O'Doherty
2   Posted 20/07/2010 at 01:29:48

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Once a blue, always a blue...
Chad Schofield
3   Posted 20/07/2010 at 01:54:45

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Ha, brilliant.

Fantastic effort in getting the game sorted out though!
James Cadwaladr
4   Posted 20/07/2010 at 08:43:50

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Put a much need smile on my face at the start of a tough day. Thanks.
Colin Potter
5   Posted 20/07/2010 at 09:38:06

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Great stuff, Dave!!!!!
Alan Kirwin
6   Posted 20/07/2010 at 10:01:26

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This is a fabulous thing, even if it is a year late for the Ruleteros' centenary. But hats off big time to all the guys who orchestrated this. It's fantastic. There seemed to be a sense of "not invented here" at the club until recently. Glad that's over with.

Biggest sadness for me is that I've not seen or heard anything whatsoever in the national print or broadcast media for this game. This is such a wonderful, beautiful event with unique origins & emotions and I am uttery aghast that nothing has been made of it wider afield.

I would truly have thought that this should not only be of interest to all the UK national daily's, but equally to Fifa. Has the club really just sat back and let this happen when, not for the first time, Everton FC had something to say and didn't say it?

Mixed emotions.
Dave Lynch
7   Posted 20/07/2010 at 10:16:54

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There are a couple of things that are winding me up about this game.

1. I will be on holiday in Fuerta Ventura when it's played.

2. Do you think the national press would be so disinterested if it was our loveable neighbours across the park? I don't think so. The nationals would be awash with gushing praise about how they are spreading the word worldwide etc...

Fuck em I say. This is about both Evertons, let's not turn it into some sort of cheap publicity stunt. Enjoy it, lads, I'm gutted I won't be with you.

Paul Traill
8   Posted 20/07/2010 at 11:21:14

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I'm also on holiday when the games on... and I am absolutely gutted about it.
Gerry Quinn
9   Posted 20/07/2010 at 11:29:45

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I sent some information to the BBC weeks ago referring to the Ruleteros Society and the Everton game. It took them a long time to get there and mention it, but mention it they did (more to the fact that Spurs were in the article probably).

I'm surprised at the lack of media coverage all round ? but then, why should I be? Money Rules, and we have very little...

Gerry Quinn
10   Posted 20/07/2010 at 11:33:26

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I used to get a lump in my throat too listening to +60,000 "chaps" singing!
Tom Harries
11   Posted 20/07/2010 at 11:56:31

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Thanks for this, cheered me up no end before a trip to the dentist!
Luke Berry
12   Posted 20/07/2010 at 13:25:02

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This is surely a windup isn't it?

My god I truly despised Cameron until now but if this is true then welcome to the family Dave. I always had a soft spot for Boris (comedy personified IMO) I just can't believe this would be true.

Tell me this is a joke.....please.
Shaun Brennan
13   Posted 20/07/2010 at 13:47:21

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I think he meant Etonian and not Evertonian perhaps?
Mike Hughes
14   Posted 20/07/2010 at 14:42:08

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@ Luke Berry #12

What do you mean, is this true? Don't you read the news or watch Newsnight? Have you never wondered why the Conservatives wear blue? One of the major reasons for the long delay in the formation of a coalition government was Cameron's and Clegg's rivalry. Cameron apparently wanted (and I quote) "no kopite gobshites" in the cabinet to which Clegg, suspecting that there were quite a lot of gobshites in both parties, strongly objected. It was only when George "Top Balcony" Osborne threatened to (and I quote again) "punch your eff-ing lights out, arse-face" that a coalition was eventually formed. There is still tension there, though, and it is strongly rumoured that the coalition is not as robust as it appears ? mainly due to the Tory Toffees' partisan support for everything Everton.

ps: David Cameron (Dave to fellow Blues) can often be seen having a pre-match pint or two in the Throstles Nest on Scottie Road ? he likes to keep a low profile so does not go up to the Blue House or the Winslow because he'd be predictably mobbed by adoring autograph hunters and groupies.
Dennis Stevens
15   Posted 20/07/2010 at 17:02:01

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Ha, Ha! What an excellent piece! But what would the Liberals who took us to Mere Green Field & the Conservatives who remained at Anfield make of it all?
Brendan O'Doherty
16   Posted 20/07/2010 at 18:55:48

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Luke Berry (#12)

"Liverpool Football Club must repay all its debts by the end of next week."

And you're wondering if this is a wind-up?
David Price
17   Posted 20/07/2010 at 19:45:32

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Hilarious, Tories would take power on Merseyside with that speech. Good one.
Mike Owen
18   Posted 21/07/2010 at 20:08:14

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Having encouraged people to buy tickets for the Everton v Everton game, I now feel obliged to let you all know that there are apparently 5,000 "free" tickets.

Buy four bottles of Chang at certain Tesco stores and apparently you get a voucher to take to the Goodison box office.

See this from Tuesday's Echo

All part of the Big Society, I think.

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