Every now and then I have to remind myself that things are really rather good for me. I don't feel deprived at all. After all, what would I do with a second helicopter?
We live in the sort of social climate wherein everyone is expected to own their own home, and their property is considered an asset rather than a roof over their heads as a minimum requirement - preferably sheltering a happy and reasonably contented family.
I reminded myself of my good fortune again this morning, when I heard the news that an entire tower-block in London was deemed unsafe to live in as a fire-risk by the local authorities and everyone was instructed to vacate immediately. By 'immediately' I mean that they had a knock on the door at 8.00pm last night, and were told to take their toothbrushes to the local leisure centre where there were rows of mattresses on a sports hall floor waiting for them.
Everyone is understandably twitchy after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and all the local authorities - nationwide - are waiting to see who will be sent to prison for corporate manslaughter.
I think every authority in the land would be moving out the residents of their tower blocks tonight if they had somewhere to put them. The London borough is providing hotels and apartments to the elderly, disabled and families with young children only. Everyone else has to sleep on a mattress in the sports centre or similar.
The survivors of Grefell Tower have just been told that the North Kensington Council have secured a load of brand-new apartments in the area which they will move into as soon as they are ready. Kensington is not an inexpensive area. The apartments are costing £64 million just to buy. Someone has made a killing.
Green Eyes is a paediatric nurse in the area. The night after the fire she had to look after a small child whose mother was pregnant. His mother was saved from the blaze and was rushed to Green-Eye's hospital, but neither her or her unborn child survived. Green-Eyes is 23 years old.
The same culture which views non home-owners as failures is also under a lot of pressure to make cuts in the budget, and that leads to a mind-set which sees fatal decisions like saving £5000 on an £8 million pound job as good ideas.
I just looked out of the window to see a party of people marching down the street waving Union Flags and E.U. banners chanting, 'EU - WE LOVE YOU!' About 20 years ago I saw a party carrying Union Flags and UKIP banners marching in the opposite direction.
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