I'm of the opinion that this country is riddled with the "I'm alright Jack" mentality and they are only interested in that they c an get for themselves. What if Britain had have adopted today's mentality in August 1945?
Britain was totally skint then and it had to borrow heavily to develop the welfare state and build homes for for heroes. The Labour Gov't were brave enough to do this and were endorsed by the working class populace.
I have copied this from another thread on the coming election and thought it might be a good topic to discuss.
I personally grew up in the 1950,s to mid 1960,s and will give my thoughts of life then, Great Britain was certainly cash strapped owing huge war loans (which I think were only finally paid off a few years ago) and I remember having to get the 'book' to get the weekly lollipop . I lived for the most part in a council house and we were by no stretch of the imagination POSH, like most families we were short on cash but large on love. Yet even in those austere days we had the local doctor whom you visited if only very poorly, the district nurse and midwives (angels) who visited daily the sick and ailing. We had local pensioner flats run by the local council, nursery schools one of which I attended at I understand no cost. The schools gave us free milk, and for the needy free school dinners, we also were supplied with pencils and exercise books with the city crest on at no charge, schools often ran after school activities again at no cost. The community in those days cared about their fellow men and women, my family due to a bed ridden mother was very grateful for the kindnesses shown to her by our neighbours. It was not unusual to see 3 generations of family living in the same house as most folks took the oldies in as they aged (no care homes for them). The mentally ill were cared for in hospitals and not left on the street though it saddened many families when loved ones were 'put away'.
I am a pragmatist and know quite well those years were not easy and nor do I look at that time through tinted glasses but with a sense of nostalgia for the caring days gone by. I think the poster as quoted above has got it right with his 'I,m alright Jack' rather like the old song 'The working class can kiss my aXse I.ve got the bosses job at last. Any thoughts??