I started writing this particular opinion piece in 2015. As such it includes the Occupy movement which was big news that decade. It touches on the Leveson inquiry in the U.K, pre-dates Pres. Trump and the U.K. E.U. in or out referendum.
It has sat as a draft for five years yet the gist and headline is as relevant as ever if not more so.
"Is corruption always the name of the game?"
The covid-19 pandemic has left countries reeling with the financial implications but the uber rich continue to increase their wealth. Back in 2015 as government austerity measures trundled on in parts of the E.U. and U.K the rich were doing quite nicely thank you!
Op-Ed: "Sifting through news stories and media reports there seems to be one defining similarity between most of them - that is corruption. Whilst some people will baulk at that word it is hard to know what else to call it. We may have all heard the adage "you scratch my back and I will scratch yours" but it seems to be a way of life for powerful people in this the 21st Century.
So here we are with hindsight looking back at four years of President Donald J Trump who is now seeking four more years as POTUS!
Was Pres. Trump and P.M Johnson credible in 2015 - hell are they now?
In 2015 U.K. debt reportedly escalated to an all time high of One Trillion Pound with claims "it means that every man, woman and child in the country owes around £16,400 to the City and global lenders who help keep public services running." That wording was via the right wing Evening Standard.
Now here we are October 2020 with news that "The UK’s national debt hit a record £2.024 trillion at the end of August, £249.5 billion more than the same time last year. To put the figures in some perspective, the debt level works out a roughly £30,000 per person living in the UK."
They will blame the current covid-19 pandemic but the Conservatives have been in government now for ten long years. They continue to make bad choices.
The fats cats still prevail. The wealthy are doing quite well by and large during this pandemic while ordinary folks are short-changed financially, health-wise and more.
So I ask again.
Is Corruption the name of the Game in the 21st Century? Because in this bloggers humble opinion it sure looks that way.
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As the information relating to Coviod-19 rolls out a little at a time so many people are trying to #StayHome and save lifes.
This is not a time to complain but I fear Virgin, Richard Branson and Easy Jet must get a mention. Two days ago the BBC reported that Virgin would be seeking a bailout shortly.
Today comes the news that 'Virgin Atlantic And EasyJet Crew To Assist NHS Against Coronavirus'
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the airline industry and put thousands upon thousands of employees out of work worldwide. The UK is solving two problems with one swift move. The National Health Service (NHS) is aiming to put Virgin Atlantic and easyJet staff to work at its Nightingale hospitals as part of the fight against coronavirus.
According to a Virgin Atlantic press release, the two airlines are asking staff who have not been working since the COVID-19 pandemic started to consider helping at the new hospitals being built across the country. These hospitals are being referred to as “Nightingale hospitals” as they are part of the larger Project Nightingale, which is the NHS’ organized response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Great you may say.
First take a look at the planned Nightingale Hospital London. It will soon be up and running but it will not bear any relation to our usual NHS hospitals.
However Virgin and Easy Jet are writing to its employees saying it will continue to pay staff IF they take up the offer of working for the NHS. Quite a few ideas spring to mind not least their staff's worries re their loved ones, whether they may already have covid-19 after travelling the world though one does assume they will be tested and if Richard Branson and the boss of Easy Jet will be leading from the front?
I smell a rat or two, do you? We all need to keep an eye on Virgin et al.
The country has had a Tory government since 2010 and our unprepared and understaffed NHS, Military and Emergency services are a result of that government's obsession with austerity and helping out the wealthy.
I wonder what deals are being done between government ministers and airline bosses and how much choice those workers will have? Some will live with vulnerable adults and children and be unable to work for the NHS - what will happen to them?
The latest 'news' last weekend was that the UK 'lockdown' may last until at least June.
Perhaps information is being dribbled out to prevent mass panic, though the UK has already experienced some panic buying.
But we can all do this if we stay together and act in the best way for all.
Is it really so hard for those of us lucky enough to have a home to stay there for now?
Leave your selfishness behind and start again as a community of humankind - kind being the important word!
The often unsung heroes of the UK workforce - the cleaners, the caterers, the nurses, the doctors, the refuse collectors, supermarket staff and so many more are still working - working so that we can all stay home.
Loss of income will impact on many people and perhaps now is not the time to think too far ahead. We all have to get our mindset into taking life one day at a time.
June may seem a long way off but time has a habit of rolling on and if we all can go with the flow this crisis will pass.
Post flooding in Hull during the Summer of 2007 we lived nine months in a caravan on our small garden. We had two rescue dogs back then and both were not small. We were aged mid-fifties and in a better position than many though the stress was difficult to handle. I worked part-time by then for the NHS and my husband nights at Asda.
Our experiences of that period were made worse by a series of cock-ups by our insurers and our desire to wait until more serious cases were addressed. In the end ours became a major claim after so many cock-ups including the insurers closing the claim in error as they thought work was completed - it had not even started.
So in February 2008 a new period of chaos began. Our small front garden was wrecked - the wall knocked down and a tree uprooted so that the garden could accommodate a caravan. The caravan that arrived had so many faults but work began at last. For a lot of the time I still slept upstairs in the house at night especially when alone with the dogs.
We finally, after many false starts, delays and stresses moved back home in September 2008. It was not perfect by then but ready or not we planned to be back that day. Like now we were luckier than so many people.
I have been looking back to 2008 thinking about those people still displaced following the winter floods of 2019 and early 2020 - people now stuck in limbo.
Our flooding was just secondary flooding but it was a dreadful time.
Please spare a thought for those displaced people and those staying home with the additional burden of serious ill health, an abusive relationship, mental ill health, a disability and more.
On the upside at one point I thought our life in the caravan would never end but then all of a sudden it was done and life returned to normal.
It will again hopefully for most of us if we play the #StayHome game.
[It s March 30 and the last time I went out was March 19. I have been in our enclosed garden and had a couple of walks round the block. I do not live alone. The crisis will bring different problems for each and every one of us depending on our circumstances. Help those who need help]
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