While working in England a few months ago, the author of this blog pointed out how and why the “swarm of charity collectors that you find on High Street ‘Blighty’ these days” are an irritation, and came to the conclusion that there are some who need a government which supports them, rather than one which condemns them to poverty in the first place. Well, the little holiday in Scotland, which came to an end a few days ago, and a confrontation with an awful lot of people who are sleeping rough in Scotland’s two main cities, indicates that things certainly have not got any better. Of course, there was no expectation that they would.
Indeed, it might be expected that denial is inevitably going to accompany the indifference and negligence which the government displays vis-à-vis the harsh realities which confront many people. Nevertheless, whatever the nature of the ignorance demonstrated by Cameron and his sidekicks, when it comes to a level of chutzpah that borders on mindless arrogance, what about the following:
“We are calling on individuals, volunteer groups, local councils, businesses and schools to do their bit. You can start now and also take part in our Clean for The Queen weekend on March 4th, 5th and 6th 2016.” After all, “when she came to the throne litter was not the problem that it is today”.
One wonders what planet these people actually live on. When Liz Windsor first sat on her big throne in the even bigger Buckingham Palace, the majority of the population of Britain’s larger industrial cities were living in slums, invariably with an outside toilet shared between a number of families, and very often damp and unhygienic. That got better over the years, not because of the tory trash, but despite them. However, with a chronic lack of social housing, a trend is now developing which can culminate in a worse case scenario where homelessness, which, is already almost endemic, will become an even greater problem.
Of course, the “We” who “are calling on individuals, volunteer groups, local businesses and schools to do their bit” can hardly be expected to have any grasp of history, considering their mindless arrogance in the present. It is an arrogance which is summed up quite succinctly by Laurie Penny in the ‘New Statesman’, when she writes:
“In a week when more cuts to public services and welfare benefits were announced in the wake of troubling economic forecasts, all the state has to offer is a roll of free binbags and the exhortation to scrub and smile.”
That really is it in a nutshell; 90 year-old Liz Windsor does not feel the effects of those cuts, but it is those cuts to pubic services which, in many instances, have led to untidy streets. Oh, and just in case you are still wondering who the “we”, who want us all to do our bit, are, two of them can be seen at the top of this article. Yes, indeed, what planet are they from?