I’m writing this in support of Peter Allen of radio five live. Whom I think feels he’s all on his own concerning the state of Britain when Maggie Thatcher took over. Out on a limb.
Before Maggie things were stock piled to ridiculous levels. Arthur Scargill rightly said, that it would do no harm to stock pile coal for the future even if the miners were subsidised by the state to do it.
On the other hand we saw pictures of thousands of car body shells open to the elements, and in primer paint only, stock piled to rot in grass fields. I lost count of how many new Hillmans needed new body sills and chassis cross members before they even left the show rooms brand new. The industry died because of it.
P. M. Margaret Thatcher said no stock piling. Supply and demand and free enterprise must prevail in all things.
We see young men and women now celebrating her death, who were not even born during her reign, but don’t forget that they know, because they are told nearly every day by parents and grandparents, who it was who prevented them getting jobs now. They could have followed their parents into jobs such as ship building, railways, coal mining, Etc., they think.
In China today we see the same problem beginning to unfold. Things they make being stock piled, and their current leader doing trade deals with African nations, and others, in order to find new markets to sell their surplus.
Some things can be stock piled, such as coal. Other things have a limited shelf life. Things like timber. Our saw mills have timber piled up in their yards, which if not used soon enough will mean joiners building new homes with rotten timbers. Selecting through it for a piece good enough is not really acceptable.
Drugs on our streets is something that is going to have to be dealt with if society is going to thrive again in any way. Example: If an illegal street trader set up a stall on Elgin High Street selling clothes for men, women and children, but had no licence to do so, he / she would be closed down within five minutes because of the unfair profits. In Morayshire alone, concerning illegal drug sales, you can multiply those, would be illegal profits, by at least a million times. I know of one dealer who, as a teenager, ruined his own life in a motor bike accident while high on drugs, and now ruins other people’s lives with same drugs. Better he had died in the accident?
The answer Peter? Ours can only be an opinion. Yours is better than mine, and I don’t really have one, anyway, but David Cameron and Co. are the opinions that count. The beast will promote craft by his policy, and by his hand Etc. Not the answer. However “a good steady young man / woman needs a good steady job for peace of mind.”