youngian wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:36 pm
The back-breaking world of Fleet Street in the 70s. You could hardly pick up a pen in the afternoon after a gruelling three-hour session down the Cheshire Cheese.
Few under 50 can have the faintest idea what Britain was like then. Today's pampered and indulged Corbynista millennials wouldn't last five minutes.
Free university education, a well-paid career structure even in the media with a final salary pension and affordable property beyond their wildest dreams. I think they'd cope.
Take a quick social historian's comparison between 1974 and today.
You'll see a lot of changes, some things are better for the majority, some things are worse.
Now split those things into a pile of the better and the worse.
You'll find that most of the better: Serious illness survival rates, reduced road fatalities, improved personal communications, access to infomation (if you can be arsed to type a question), range of foods in shops and restaurants - are down to technological (in its widest sense) progress.
A big hand is due to the scientists, engineers, designers, visionaries, and (let's say it) the entrepreneurs who develop new and clever stuff.
Now look at the stuff that's got worse: Purchasing power for the average earner, housing availability (related to the former), rise of payday loans, FOBTs, blatantly biased media. Closing libraries, reducing access to GP and Dentist.
The majority can be laid at the feet of Immigrants with flat screen tellys// what fucker wrote that.
I meant to write,
The majority can be laid at the feet of government austerity, rentier / spiv / vulture capitalism, and the politicians who have assisted those bad forms of capitalism to thrive at the expense of human dignity and well run businesses.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle