‘Evolution not Revolution’

Party politics is dead. Long live party politics. With parliament dissolved and only a week to go until the election, the UK is in political limbo. Take a good look. This is the last time politics will operate this way. This isn’t because everything is broken or we’re witnessing end times, but because we’re living in a rapidly evolving era of great change. Also notice how things are absolutely ticking by, the same as they always do, because the more things change the more they seem to hark back to what they were before. Evolution can be funny like that. Voters have more choice than ever, yet paradoxically, less choice, as party lines blur. Future generations may hold our present system, as a relic of how government was based not on a spiritual or ethical foundation, but on resistance and division. One obstacle in the way of political evolution is parliament itself, agreed by those on the in ...

Keep Calm and Carry on Spending

By Thursday, September 13, 2012 0 Permalink

This could be the mantra of the government right now, but it seems also to be true of the British people. Keep spending. That is the cure both personally and nationally. Except it clearly isn’t. Last week the General Secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey said, The minimum wage should increase because if low-paid workers received an extra £40 a week they’d spend it, not put it into some fund in the Cayman Islands More on that here. Now in theory I'm all for raising the minimum wage. I do actually believe it is pitifully low in the UK and is not helping people meet the rising cost of living. But I do appreciate that businesses baring the brunt of this, in particular SMEs, will suffer as a result and this could cause difficulties and in turn raise costs for consumers. However what really vexes me about this comment is the way in which ...

“Somebody was using the pencil…”

By Friday, April 15, 2011 0 Permalink

As Dorothy Parker exclaimed when she missed her deadline! I have no such excuse for my procrastination. Gadgets galore, notebooks everywhere I turn and a plethora of pencil cases filled with pens at my disposal yet still I manage to always find something more pressing to do. In my defence I can only suggest that second posts are so much more difficult than the first. As Jerome K Jerome put it best, 'Work fascinates me, I can sit and look at it for hours'! People do love to shirk responsibility and blame others though. I think I was always of this opinion but I must say as an adult orphan ( I'm working on a more catchy expression for this condition by the way but have not been sufficiently inspired, feel free to come up with something less dramatic) fecklessness does seem to be much more widespread than I realised. The financial 'crisis' ...

Raison d’être

By Tuesday, March 29, 2011 0 Permalink

(This was the initial post I made on my original blog, Loco Parentis. Later, when my partner died and I made a discovery about myself the title was changed as it was not just parents I was mourning anymore, and I realised my life situation made me different from most people. My perspective is shaped by this, but I am not defined by it. Everything I have learned can help me be of service to others. No pictures here - bit hard to illustrate the concept of orphan without resorting to sooty faced chimney sweeps, though my parents did like to take photos of me in the washing machine as a toddler, which I will not be sharing with the public)! In Loco Parentis. Strictly defined as 'In place of a parent' or 'instead of a parent'. My august mission statement as it were. This is a blog for orphaned adults trying to make sense of the world ...