A Time Of Freedom

Today we live in a time of unparalleled prosperity, with more people working across the globe. Not everyone can be a doctor or scientist or run a multinational company, and  yes there are far too many people working for fast food chains but its better than starving to death. Surely it is better to have people complaining about obesity than seeing pictures of starving children in Africa, India and South America.  What if when you bought a meal the fast food chain provided a meal to the starving and put some of those NGO’s out of business. There are images I see on television of how people live in Africa which does not gel with the adverts put out by the ‘give us the money and we will feed the starving millions’ brigade in their plush advertising offices. Is the prospect of more people with a roof over their heads and with the chance to live a stable and relatively happy life a threat to these NGO’s is this something they do not want?

There are cars of one sort or another covering every square metre of concrete and tarmac that exists pouring off the production lines in their millions.  But at least they are ecologically more sustainable cars that give double if not treble mpg or kpl plus hybrids and electric cars. Yes, it is all  energy-consuming new battery technology that’s starting to improve the efficient use of power, but whether it be oil, coal, gas, hydrogen, nuclear or solar mans demand for energy is insatiable.  Perhaps  an efficiency of supply would make a huge difference. I wonder how much energy is lost just by pushing electricity around the country? I know people say we have to have large power generating units but they are miles and miles away from the consumers. What if we had smaller more localized power stations they would save vast amounts of energy then the failure of a single large unit would not be so critical.

Rows and rows of houses, skyscrapers reaching ever higher into the sky this a feature of modern society, remember the 1960’s? No of course you don’t. Council’s built tower blocks to give people an alternative type of living condition because this was how the rich lived but they became dumping grounds for councils instead of beacons of light for a better future, and consequently they ended up being destroyed, with great explosive displays for the news organisations.

I lived on the White City Estate when times were hard. It was rough, drug dealers using squats, crooks of every shape and size, the roof leaked, water dripping out of the light sockets.  Then the local residents going after the drug dealers with hammers and lumps of wood, if ever a place needed blowing up that was it, but it was always a good set for Minder. However, the council had different idea’s, and started investing in the properties, I even got involved with the local Labour party because they were interested in us and slowly things improved. People want to live there now, when I left it was a community, perhaps people should be more involved with community and not becoming billionaires.

It seems to me that people do not seem to be happy striving for riches as once they have them they are always looking over their shoulders in case someone with a big stick is trying to rob them. There is no enjoyment in that, if you make money you should enjoy it else what is the point.  People need houses, affordable houses that they can live in and call home.  Councils used to build them providing work for people.  It is clear that the private sector cannot provide affordable housing, small units for single people bedsits and one bedroom flats and young families who need two bedroom flats and studio flats, if this issue is not resolved soon London will eventually have to start paying huge wages to get people working at the most basic levels having to travel on public transport is becoming unaffordable, perhaps it is time to start going upwards again.

Whatever happens the politicians will screw it up.

©  Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

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About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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