reply to post by stereovoyaged
I live in Scotland, bear in mind Scotland is a pretty big place so I dont speak for everyone here but thought id chime in.
The business I worked with went bust within a week of this recession talk back in August 08, I tried to open a business after this but without success
as it takes that long going through the proper education to get the grants (although I have relevant degrees and bla bla) after I did this though, I
was told that my plan would fail because of the recession and refused the grant promised if I did the courses (even although my business plan would
save effected companies a tonne of money). Anyways personally I have not been able to do anything for around 11 months now, I mean nothing at all when
it comes to spending on luxuries as I am skintypoos. I do however refuse to claim benefits as I see this as nothing more than getting taxed on
contributions you have already made to the government in this country. I am lucky though, I have just secured a new job after what felt like an
eternity searching. I appreciate the simple things in life now so its not been as depressing as I might paint it although I know it will be for
Near where I live the job centres here are queued out into the streets, unfinished construction projects sit empty, half built houses sit empty, drug
addicts riddle the streets, beggars are on every corner, people sit with their heads in their hands in public, ive even seen people crying, you can
actually see who has a job and who doesnt to be honest, its getting that bad. Its visible in peoples faces with health and appearance.
Some peoples colours are truly coming to light ill tell you that when it comes to judging others, ive seen some really harsh judgement on others
lately and it makes me sick. Just because someone has a job does not give them a right to shout at a beggar, shake there head at a homeless person,
get angry at someone counting small units of change in a shop when buyng goods or tell a man standing with a big issue to get a job.
In general the only thing that seems to have "improved" is the police presence, they spend all day walking around ordering homeless people too move
or searching people who have come from a job centre.
In saying all this, I keep myself busy by doing DIY, spending time with family, going for walks and helping strangers in need.
Its been an eye opener for me, people are really needing to take a long hard look in the mirror in my opinion.
I have always had food, shelter and water as promised.
[edit on 20-7-2009 by XXXN3O]