Re: Here we go
Posted by Brickboy on August 1, 2020, 1:10 pm, in reply to "Re: Here we go"
One of the reasons I sold up in Bristol was the appearance of a number of permanently parked caravans in the street next to the house I had there. The 'van dwellers' as the Mayor of Bristol likes to quaintly and disarmingly style these illegal residences, are not to be moved on unless they can be directly found to have caused trouble. Consequently, some Bristol streets now have many vans. The Mayor pretends to believe that these people are embracing an alternative lifestyle and are a credit to the 'vibrant' communities of the city. As far as I can see it is because they are too poor to afford rent and we all know that 'vibrant' is code for groups that do not wish to obey laws but are difficult for authorities with limited resources and even less political will to deal with fairly. |
It's a funny thing. I don't envy anyone who has to live in a van because of poverty, and the ones near my house worked in the local building yards, but it's a further sign of the rich/poor divide that so many do not have the means to rent a home and that so many now find the alternative to our 'normal' lifestyle appealing enough to embrace the difficulties it presents. I read an interview with one pretty senior lady who said she was much happier away from the pressures of having to work very long hours to fund a terrible rented house.
At the end of the war my parents lived in a caravan on a Norfolk airfield, my dad going to night school until 10pm twice weekly to get his HNC and HND. Eventually, the winter became too much for them. In the village I grew up in I used to walk to school past two railway carriage bodies in gardens both occupied by local families - in the 1970s. It looks very much like we are returning to that divided society but without the ability to cope since so many luxuries are paraded for our purchase and deemed essential whilst the poor are regarded as having self-inflicted lifestyles. That sort of divide is corrosive.
I can't but think that with so many groups within our society effectively becoming ungovernable and many prepared to step right off the 'normal' path, we are heading for trouble ahead - if indeed it isn't already too difficult to reverse.
Still, I've reached the age where doom and gloom is acceptable as an outlook! Hopefully, I'm totally wrong.