'I am beginning to feel like alien in my own country'
'I am beginning to feel like alien in my own country' BY MIKE BEATTY
Mike Beatty says the older generation is being blamed for housing issues in the country,
See if you agree or not. SO I see that as well as many other things that are amiss with the world – on the local evening news – the elderly population is once again being blamed for another thing ‘wrong’ in the country today.
Now it is the affordable housing shortage at the ‘starting point’ of the housing ladder. Apparently as senior citizens. ‘They’ are not downsizing, therefore, as younger families already on the lower end of the housing ladder need to expand, they are unable to move up into larger houses – ‘normally’ left free by the elderly population.
Purportedly the families wishing to get from rental or mum and dad’s house onto the bottom rung of the housing ladder are now finding things very difficult, as the younger families already on the self-owned lower rung cannot move up because – yeah you guessed, the elderly population are not downsizing.
So how does that work then? Once again, the older generation are being used as scapegoats for this, in addition to taking up ‘unnecessary’ hospital beds and blamed for the crisis within the NHS, living too long and claiming their just deserts – money being expended on elderly people which could be used to prop up our ailing economy and so on.
The economy that is being helped to ruin by the possible, in all but name, Coup D’état / insurrection being attempted by the union leaderships. Riling up their rank-and-file members, in turn, to try and convince the general public to replace the current government and install a party funded by the unions and hence the whole population could be run by the unions, via the back door. Back to the good old 70s then!
A lot is forgotten about the billions spent on furlough payments, etc, the economy affected by Covid and the world recession caused by it.
I don’t suppose the unions know where they are going but they are determined to set a speed record getting there.
Anyway, I digress... back to the main subject. As I said previously, so how does that work? Elderly people sell the larger properties to downsize and buy smaller properties, the younger larger families move up to the larger properties left vacant by the older population – where do the young families go? Ah! I know it is the people of the elderly population who are to blame again, as they have downsized and bought up all the smaller less expensive properties.
What shall we do with all these elderly people that helped to build the country of today that gave up a lot of comforts in order to give a better life to their children, paid 16.5 per cent mortgage interest rates, to buy a house and still managed to survive and end up, after years of hard graft, in a house that by some opinions are far too grand for such old fogies.
Do I sound resentful? Yes, I am, as I am one those highly criticised elderly citizens accused of taking houses from the young.
I am beginning to feel like alien in my own country. What next? Maybe we shall be blamed for all the spy balloons?
John Bellamy Responds:
I do like the funny :-
Young guy talking to an old guy -
' What did you do before WIFI, iPhones, iPads, mobile phones, the internet, Skype , PayPall, Netflix etc.?'
and the old boy answers -
' We were inventing it for you.'
I never - ever - allow young people to make me feel old as I just remind them they would be screwed if it wasn't for us oldies.
We paid off the War debt.
We cleaned up a country ravaged by the war.
We had no heating in our homes other than a gas fire in the lounge.
Bath night was once a week.
We were respectful of our elders.
The police were friendly and good at their job and everyone knew the local Bobby.
and so much more.
It is the younger generations that abused everything and made the world the mess it si in today. Everyone has to have their own home. We use to share. Everyone has to shower at least every day. We had a weekly bath night.
As for being LGBT - we have seen the birth of the Gay Scene in 1967 when it was legalised and bars, clubs, B&B's, restaurants and saunas offered service exclusively to gay men and this was not heard of before.
The gay scene grew and grew to encompass all walks of life, all jobs and not just Cabin Crew and hair dressers - and with the birth of the internet, gaydar ( remember that ) Grindr and a plethora of on-line dating sites, all those bars, saunas, restaurants and B&B's are closing and the gay scene is shrinking soon to be no more as we blend in with the straight world - slowly gaining ground in acceptance - and where eventually there will be no physical gay community / scene left at all.
So someone of my age - 68 in April - has seen the birth - maturing and finally the death knell of the gay scene and no one will ever be able to witness and be a part of anything like it ever again.
Trans rights may be a powerful and loud voice at the moment but let's not forget who started the ball rolling - who marched, held placards, got arrested, made a stand and created a community that eventually saw gay marriage and partnership recognition and who did all this - the Trans community - NO -of course not - it was GAY MEN.
So when people rant and rave about equal rights and we demand our own flag and name and label and to be recognised as Pan sexual -Gender Fluid - Non-Binary - Auto Sexual or even Poly Sexual - NONE OF THESE were even heard of before gay men marched and demanded and some times laid down their lives so the modern generation could blindly and arrogantly disregard us oldies as just old farts, but lets never forget, the young generation is where it is BECAUSE of us oldies and all that goes along with it.
So when anyone tries to tell you as an older person that we cause a lot of the problems of today, just tell them some of the truths and then tell them to go fuck themselves.
Maybe being so much younger, they may need your assistance showing them hot to go fuck themselves as so many of the younger generation, haven't a clue about basic common sense.
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