Just Above Water…….


I’m a journalist and I’m tired of the news.

Actually, that’s not true, I love the news, but i’m tired of what’s in the news at the moment. 

I don’t think I’m alone in saying the uncertainty of our politics over the last few days is unsettling and more than a little daunting. 

I keep thinking of a couple of phrases I read in a Sunday newspaper……

” When future historians puzzle over Britain, 2015-2017, it will be a useful exhibit. How did a stable, prosperous, parliamentary democracy, granted a unique set of favourable opt-outs with the largest trading bloc in the world, throw it all up in the air?”

 But it is the way we have as a country responded to it which is the worry. 

Whatever your politics, whoever you believe in and support, we, ordinary people, deserve better. I know that is a cliche, but anyway…….

Back in 2008, I remember reading somewhere that the recession and the banking crisis might have an effect on us until 2015. I was horrified…. how could that be? 

How could people struggle on, barely making ends meet, for all those years? Surely that forecast was totally inaccurate and there would be a quick end to the hardship for so many. And the rest of it would be a bad dream.

Well, it’s 2017 and ………

This is what worries me. Whatever your politics, this, in anyone’s books, isn’t working. 

Turn on the television and radio and what are we seeing? More squabbling, more personality clashes, more inevitable party politics. 

And the collateral damage? The ordinary, decent people, families who are trying to bring up their children with just the basics they need, a sense of dignity and a sense of hope for the future. 

How much longer can they deal with the fallout from austerity and ever rising inflation? 

When was the last time we heard a proper debate about child poverty and homelessness for example? 

All these issues are sidelined in our strange limbo Britain.

Ordinary, working people, the backbone of Britain, day in day out, negotiating an existence of rising prices, stagnant wages and a country which, in the eyes of the world, is quite frankly, a laughing stock. Trying to soldier on, keeping heads, if lucky, just above water. People who don’t have the luxury of debating policy in sumptuous surroundings, but people who very often, work three arduous jobs in order to keep their families together. People who come home, exhausted, only to do the same again the next day.

The headlines, the cheap sound bites…. whatever you think of Theresa May, she is only human … how would any of us like to be described as a ” dead woman walking”?… it is cruel and our politics on all sides, needs to change. We need to have politicians who care, care about each other and most of all, who set aside the political point-scoring and care about the decent, hard-working people of our country who deserve a whole lot better than this.

Thank you for reading this, it’s a bit grumpy, but on a positive…. I made a chocolate cake today which actually rose. It had the consistency of a biscuit, but it’s a start….😐



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