posted on Apr, 9 2012 @ 05:40 PM
I was born in the uk not so many years after ww2 had ended.... and I've been so lucky!
When I was born there was a completely free national health service available to anyone who needed it. Even a tramp with no documents whatsoever could
walk into any hospital and know that he'd receive expert treatment. Dental surgery, opticians etc were all free of charge.
As a child I grew up without the terrible pain and illness the generations before me had endured.
My family lived in one of the millions of council houses that were being built all over the country. The new houses were warm and well built. The
tenancy agreement was known as a Secure tenancy agreement, this meant the house was yours for life, if you died your family could still continue to
live there. The rent charges were regulated and kept low and service charges were low too.
As a child I grew up in a house that I could confidently call HOME, the word EVICTION was not in my dictionary, I was so lucky.
I remember how 'Wash day' vanished and we simply spent 10 minutes loading the washing machine. Employment regulations ensured people had spare time
and it was nolonger nescesary to work a 7 day week. With all the labour saving devices and shorter working hours people spent more time with their
As a child I grew up with parents who had spare time, this meant they had time for me, unlike the generations before me.
Schools were being modernised and while I was in education I saw the brutality that had gone before slowly dissapear. In primary school as punishment
I recieved the cane, the slipper, the ruler and the hand, mostly applied to the back of the legs behind the knee. By the time I was in secondary
school this practice had almost vanished.
As a child I went through school with the knowledge that I could not be brutaly beaten, unlike the generations before me.
The Family Allowance.
This was a book of coupons given to all mothers, it allowed mums to go to the post office once per week and exchange a coupon for money to ensure ALL
children were fed. This is still given today, its even given to the very rich that dont need it, however a mother on benefits is given the family
allowance but its deducted from her benefit, effectively we now give it to the rich but deny it to the poor.
As a child I grew up not knowing anything about hunger, another word that wasnt in my dictionary.
Religion was nolonger rammed down our throats and we did not have to attend church every sunday.
I was so lucky. unlike the generations before me.
As a child I was free AND I DO MEAN FREE. I would play more in one year than any child born today would play in their entire life time.
Bullying was almost unheard of, there were no nasty bogeymen hiding on every street corner, no policemen taking names for the crime of walking down
the street and Where I lived there was no racism or attacks on religion.
When I left school there was plenty of work for those who wanted it and a decent unemployment benefit for those between jobs.
The police were human and there to SERVE not control.
My generation really were free.
All the above worked and it worked well, our country prospered and things were looking good, but then the claw (thatcher) got into office and its been
down hill ever since.
Yep, I was born on the crest of a wave.
Now we are returning to the old ways and our childrens future will be punishments debts evictions and suffering.