Lets get this clear there is no such thing as ” A rapidly ageing population!” (as in a BBC Trailer) One can only age at the same pace made up of hours, days, weeks, months and years as they come along in their own time. They will not be rushed.
Life doesn’t speed up even if the hours “seem” to go faster they will remain at 60 minutes. The people (and politicians) need not panic fearing of a Britain suddenly over-run by the very-very old.
This means there will be time to work out the best way of dealing with age in our communities. So Stay calm!
Tune into any TV or radio station’s current affairs programmes at any hour these days and you will find interviewers grilling someone, either the same person or another person on the same subject parroting the very same questions.
Why not save the money and have real parrots different colours for different stations with cards round their necks with names on them. Having learnt the interminable repeated questions they colours parroting thus Parrot! Parrot! parrot! Parrot! Parrot…..
Colwyn Bay’s second phase of its new promenade (Prominad in Welsh) designed to keep the seas at bay is near completion masked at the moment with stuff that spoils its picture. When its finished I’ll post a view.
In the meantime I can post a vision that is a refurbishment by the work of the Welsh crafts people (although some may be from abroad (England) of one of the Bay’s features built for the convenience of our many visitors to our shore over the years.
When asked by one of the crafts person’s what I thought of their work I could only say “fabulous.” See what you think? By the way if it puzzles you a bit:
Yes! It is the Toilet!
I think you have to pay but surely its worth it. All Iv’e got to do now is find how to attach it!
Its a bitter irony that the Grenfell Tower fire should happen as Britain starts to negotiate its way out of the European Union central to which is seen by some of its main protagonists as keeping out foreigners who are “enjoying” this countries largess. Racism!
Those of us who argued for withdrawal from the EU on economic and political grounds will though need to search our consciences and ensure there does not lie within us any xenophobic trace and root it out.
The irony is piled on when you consider that the laggardly response to the plea of middle east women and children to people caught up in but denied asylum as practices by successive governments meant that they could have, some were I believe, perished in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
They would certainly have joined people housed in the worst possible conditions Britain can provide where private landlords, though not in this case, make huge profits from their suffering. Some of their own amongst them profiting from the miseries they provide.
This is compounded by the disregard for tenants whose questioning of the dangers of the conditions lived in go ignored. When, as with Grenfell Towers, improvements are made more thought is given to its appearance in the eyes of its rich neighbours, by adding cheap cladding, while failing to fix safety measures such as sprinklers and alarms.
That Theresa May failed to make with the usual crocodile expected is the least of the concerns left in the flames of the towering inferno it shows up a system rotten to the core.
I found this in Smiley’s People, Le Carre, featuring “your old service”(Labour), “George” (Watson) and my old trot mates
Trots “And there was a scandal George and your old service, the service you love, was involved with a notoriously revanchist outfit – volatile, talkative, violently anti detente -with all manner of anachronistic fixations – a total hangover from the cold war The very archetype our masters told us to avoid
I find it puzzling that in the various analysis of the 2017 general election the older generation were all along said to be responsible for the ascendency in the Conservative Party’s vote.
I grew up and was active within two generations (at least) between 1945 to 1995 in a period of working class militancy unequalled in the 20th century and certainly since. This was at work, in the communities and in politics, with a small “p.”
We were the “Beat generation,” we “rocked and rolled,” took to “Flower Power” and to “Punk” as we thumbed our noses or “showed our arse” to the ruling class and authority in whenever it impinged on our rights Not just that but building on the struggles of the pioneers we organised and built the trade unions that secured the best wages and conditions ever seen for the working class and its allies.
Did its spirit fade in the face of middle of the road politics? If any section of the population is for turning, as “preached” by Tony Blair it is a section of the middle classes who are more likely to be bought for their votes.
So what? Well; can it be that Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto and demeanour with a “gleam of socialism” relit the gleam in oldies eyes and they returned to its roots and Labour.
It can’t only be the young that Jeremy’s team appealed to. Labour’s popular vote rose by 3.5 million between 2015 and 2017, so it has to be more than the young hasn’t it? The older generation, has a serious claim to be a part of that
Labour MPs feared of a lost seat on June 8 listening to media siren voices whispering “tactical voting” should be told no matter the odds we can’t “outflank” the Tories – they have to be challenged head on.
The Communist Party’ has grasped the nettle of the importance of this election with the chance of a left political climate change that needs every vote for Labour garnered, with the popular vote as important as the seats gained, thus sustaining this change well beyond 2017.
Every vote against the Tories will show that the people are not willing to be used as pawns in a cynical snap election aimed at some kind of super power giving May a free hand in the Brexit negotiations.
The task is big for a working class activists, by hand or brain, frustrated by the ruling class’s long political dominance over their lives, having tried everything , short of revolution, to “beat the system“
Its understandable frustration at a Tory Party, sustained by millionaires’ wealth, in return sustaining the millionaires powers. Tory governments by administrative means helping bosses and hindering workers, in its extreme form by anti-trade union laws.
The ruling class’s tentacles are every where especially in a media proving daily that “black is white” to citizens who rely on its news and views for guidance but gets propaganda. Its gone into overdrive deriding Corbyn and Labour and extolling May’s “virtues.
We justly claim that “They are few and we are many,” bound together by our needs. But to make this count it needs unity in action countering a ruling class’s use of division in our ranks. Unity is needed now.
It is a two horse race no pacemakers no outsiders its “us or them!” Best make it us.