Fifty years of a life sounds like a long time, in historical terms it is a mere snippet. It frequently surprises me that the years of my youth, the 50s, 60s and even the 70s are placed in a long ago time we now call history or in my case more accurately herstory. Does that make me history, someone belonging to an ancient past? I still walk and talk and intermittently say something sensible. Signs of a crumbling body are ever present but with the right equipment I can pass for normal. Much of life in the twenty-first century is better than it ever has been, I suspect that in my position I am extra-ordinary lucky. The Millennium generation sadly face fewer jobs, ludicrously expensive houses and an ongoing battle between money coming in (too little) and money going out(too much), the fortunate few have the bank of mum and dad but many have an increasingly limited Benefit System.
In the ‘ Never had it so good’ 1950s many families lived in overcrowded, dilapidated housing (slums). My family moved into a newly built council house, own front door, indoor bathroom and toilet inside and out. The draw back was that services, shops and schools were left out of the planning, primary school children had to get on a bus. My five year old brother was very unhappy at being so far from home in his first school.
A safe secure home is absolutely the first essential for every family in a peaceful, prosperous,fair,and democratic society. It is probable that a rented sector will form part of the mix with the home-owning sector another part. There is no reason that rented accommodation should be dilapidated, overcrowded with no security of the rent asked. Regulations can be set up by a Housing Association or a council or by the landlords with safeguards enforced by a group who represents the tenants interest. Germany has a large rented sector which offers security and high living standards. A democratic society needs to show that every citizen has a right to : a secure home, free education for children, full employment and a health care system available to all at the point of need. Societies that limit these opportunities to the few lose both peace and prosperity. The USA and the UK are sending a clear warning of the demi-gogs who lie in wait.
I have been a teacher and a lecturer for a number of years. I am married with two sons. I'm interested drama, films, TV, books, society in general, poverty and riches and political systems.
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