January 2, 2017 by Whispering Smith
Whispering Smith Column published in the Littlehampton Gazette 22nd December 2016
It really is a mad, mad world
I do oft times scratch my head and wonder at the weird mind-workings of those we have, through our elected representatives, charged with minding our affairs. We are all aware of the current and brutal austerity measures, some influenced by local thinking and some handed down from central government. Cuts must be made and that council taxes will be raised in order to support the shortfall in our much needed and essential care services especially for the infirm, the disabled and the elderly. We are expected to pay up and suffer in silence and this we so often do, it is the British way. Then out of the blue we are confronted with the almost unbelievable fact that the chief executive of the council is to get a £6000 wage increase for doing the job he has been hired and paid to do. The fact that he has performed well, as has been claimed, is neither here nor there, that is what we his employers expected of him, the reason we employed him. Had he not done it so well would we have cut his salary? I think not. It seems to me that the haves are having more and the have nots are getting even less than they didn’t have in the first place. This is not the time to lavish bonuses for a job already paid for.
ANOTHER bright idea on the books in some towns is to heavily fine the homeless for, well for being homeless I suppose. If a person has to sleep on a piece of cardboard in some wintery shop doorway he sure as heck isn’t going to be able to pay a hefty fine. Bang them up then? Could do worse, a warm cell, showers, health care, three squares a day and good company… The world is going bonkers.
I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year, thanks for reading.
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