Friday, 5 December 2008
Estate of the nation
Much has been said in the Shannon Mathews case about the conditions and environment that the modern day 'working class' family exist in.The public housing estates of today seem to be enclaves of anarchy and ingrained criminal desperation heightened by drink,drugs and a total lack of restraint,morals and decency. What happened?...who did this? I was born on an estate in the 60's and lived on one until the late 70's and not once did I ever feel that my environment was anything other than safe and healthy. I knew every family on the estate to one degree or another and as such nearly all inclination to wayward behaviour was tempered by the knowledge of discovery and retribution. There where on the estate several families noted for their uncleanliness and latent criminality but they were shunned and viewed by all with distaste. My grandmothers generation went as far as washing and scrubbing the pavements outside their own homes as they made no distinction between the public and private...it was all a matter of pride, but somehow the world has retreated behind closed doors and sits deadened by cheap drink and even cheaper television programmes watched on giant plasma TVs ( a must have for the supposed poor). I do not know if this descent into moral and spiritual poverty can ever be arrested or reversed I just know that poverty cannot be used as an excuse for this decay in the life of so many...I just feel saddened that the once aspirational ordinary folk of Britain seem to have colluded with the left wing politicians and academics in this destruction of a once proud people and that the decent traditions of generations have been swept away on a tide of cheap drink,drugs and thrills.