The Other Side

I saw another side of life yesterday.
It is a sign of the times we live in and of a Government that basically couldn’t care less about those who are struggling to make ends meet, Politicians who cannot see the damage they are doing to our young people and future generations with their policies and cutbacks, and the Powers that Be’s lack of understanding and compassion.

It is no secret that we have a General Election here in the UK on May 7th.
They can debate all they like in TV studios, with their prepared questions and answers. They will continue to lie or evade the truth, all the while smirking with their ‘I’m all right Jack’ attitudes, never having to worry about where the next pound is coming from, and some now renting out their homes to claim lodgings and living allowances on Expenses.

This is not a Political Post.
I am just going to tell you WHAT I SAW, and let you judge for yourself the depths of despair and hopelessness of everyday life for thousands of people that our Leaders are ignoring or trying to sweep under the carpet.

We were driving around a housing estate, properties of perhaps 5 years old, formerly a new and pleasant neighbourhood for young and growing families.
We saw:
Litter everywhere, beer cans in gutters, broken bottles on pavements:
Mattresses, sofas, tables, TVs, white goods dumped in playing areas or the gardens of empty properties:
Cars on bricks, stripped of wheels, seats, mirrors and headlights, leaving just an empty shell:
Boarded up windows, smashed doors, gates off hinges:
Shady looking characters lurking in doorways or on corners:
Slim little packages and money not so discreetly changing hands:
Women walking the streets in their night clothes, dressing gowns and slippers, eyes glazed, or half asleep.

You may wonder what we were doing there.
Surprisingly, we were looking for a particular property.
It stood out amongst the rest, presentable and cared for.
One house in a street of 50.

According to the selling agent, the story behind it is of a young couple with a three year old child and another on the way.
They want to move, but cannot sell, despite dropping their asking price by over £40,000 since putting their home on the market two years ago.
We would not want to live in that road, or any of those surrounding it.
We do not know the individual stories of the other residents, but no doubt unemployment, cutbacks, money worries and lack of self worth are contributory factors somewhere in their lives.

But for this young couple, what chance do they have of getting out of this nightmare which is not of their making? What does the future hold for them, their safety and that of their young children?

The internet is a wonderful tool for researching areas for crime figures.
This particular area had 479 reported crimes in February 2015.

My Dad told me this saying once:
‘I cried because I had no shoes, and then I saw a man with no feet’.
His moral was that there is always someone worse off than you.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to The Other Side

  1. colinandray says:

    Quote ” Politics is the second oldest profession known to man, but the oldest profession has greater integrity!” (author unknown)

  2. scifihammy says:

    And this is England? So sad 😦

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