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Great Resignation?

I received an email from Linkedin about all the people who are about to resign and start a new job in an economy that will be booming from all the economic stimulus that has been applied by central banks and governments, hmm,!! First of all I am retired certainly not wealthy but OK. So am I the right person to be giving young people advise on job security, remember that word, job security. Iif there is going to be a shortage of qualified employees would your current employer be prepared to put his or her hand in the purse and pay you plenty of money or would they say, glad to see the back of that dumb ass, wish they had gone years ago?

So before you take a giant step for mankind check your own personal standing, are you over qualified for the job you are doing? are you Sheldon Cooper or Andy Capp? also would someone want to employ Sheldon Cooper, I know I would have question marks about it sometimes a sensible well rounded person is far more valuable to a companies success. There is also one other point which needs to be considered, are you happy doing your job, do you get up in the morning thinking those French fries smell real good I could eat them all or do you say why have I got all this grease all over my hands, I could be working in the kitchen of the Waldorf Astoria serving up five star dishes, or perhaps not. Are you a financial wiz kid or are you broke by Saturday afternoon?

So many things to consider, safety, security, money in the bank, a mortgage to pay, and it would be nice if you enjoyed the job, or have you got great big holes in your hand where the money runs out and flows down the drain?

I am retired got a small regular income every week and its not bad, this could be you in forty or fifty years time if you don’t chuck it all away.

Michael Douglas Bosc Author

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I was a member of the Labour Party on the White City Estate, branch secretary and membership secretary of the constituency. The local councillors worked endlessly for the local people and with council employees turned a dangerous and run down estate into a place where everyone wanted to live, people even bought their flats there. The drug dealers were driven out, not by the police I might add but by local residents, who took them on on their own terms face to face. The local MP Clive Soley was a good solid caring person who made himself available to all, and ensured local people got their fair shares.

I noticed a change when Lord Clive Soley retired and immediately moved out of the constituency. Labour politicians no longer wanted to help those without, now all they wanted to do was their hard-line political philosophy’s, suddenly you had to be extreme. But as successive conservative governments have shown, if you ignore the people who elect you, the end comes quickly.

I retired and moved on. now I live in Spain. I voted to remain, but continue to live on a little Finca in the countryside, cheap and cheerful but still look at the political scene in the UK. Separatist, extremists, you can see why the conservatives keep winning, the left-wing intelligentsia seem to control the media output and it is all totally negative. Plus the Union movement and Labour have drifted apart and no longer have a message for the poor working people so they do not vote for them.

So when I saw the by-election result last week, the conservatives loosing a rock solid seat I thought change? but then I looked at the figures, not good, was this tactical voting or suicide by labour? Lib Dems got their vote out 100% all the Labour votes went to the Lib Dems and two thirds of the Greens went to the Lib Dems, the conservatives all stayed at home it looks like Orpington all over again.

WHAT IS LABOUR’S MESSAGE ???

This was not a good sign for Labour, Hard Times ahead??.

Michael Biswell

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In 1946 when the Beveridge report was presented and the National Health Service was first considered as a universal right of all people in a civilised country there was one group of people in the United Kingdom who were totally opposed to this concept, they were Doctors. Yes Doctors and why were they opposed, the answer, Money! yes Money!

Today in 2021seventy three years after the NHS act became law in 1948 there is one group of people in the United Kingdom who are totally opposed to any reform of the NHS and those people are Doctors, shocked? and why are doctors totally opposed the answer is Money! Strange, we seem to have gone round in a full circle.

In 1946 doctors had private patients but many of them had the shilling a month from individuals and some had health insurance so a nice steady income. Today the money comes from the government and it is convoluted and intricate with much regulation an ideal system to make money in and if you know how to work the system you can make a lot of money.

Today in the USA the Supreme Court ruled by seven to two in favour of the affordable care act.

When this law came in to force I thought then this is here to stay, and why? Money! Governments will pay to keep people alive using the most expensive drugs in existence, they do not like being called skin flints when some pretty little child is dying of an illness I have never heard of but the drugs cost one and a half million.

Someone is making money somewhere! Drug companies are making big money because they have a big organisation to sell into, talk to any of the big drug companies and they will tell you they love the NHS, like Topsy, it keeps getting bigger because people take drugs, get drunk. So every medical and mental related illness real or imagined, plus all of a modern societies ailments and suffering ends up in an NHS Hospital making them the dumping ground of Britain’s Rubbish.

But in the USA the government does not own the hospitals they are merely conduits through which money passes. The doctors get rich no matter what the system is. But if America can keep the bums out of the hospitals the affordable care act will succeed people will get treatment, affordable treatment, everyone is a taxpayer after all.

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Michael Biswell

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My mother and father were both butchers during the 1920s and 30s they managed a shop in Stoke Newington for West’s butchers a large company of the time.

 In the late thirties they decided to start a family a daughter arrived in 1936 and another one was on the way in 1939 when somebody declared war, that was not good.

Dad by now ran a shop in Walthamstow and so built a chicken run at the side of the house and purchased some Rhode Island reds, good layers and in the small square tiny garden at the back of the house filled it up with rabbit hutches and Rabbits and we know what rabbits do, they breed. Dad said people were selling everything at that time and it was a good time to buy.

Rationing started and everything that people took for granted was suddenly in short supply, the very basics of life were all now luxuries. It was a good time to be a vegetarian, virtually all other foods apart from bread was difficult to find.

One day a friend of my father’s said, “can you dome a favour?”

“What do you want?”

“I have got a couple of pigs.”

Now by this time nobody had a couple of pigs everything on four legs was registered and tagged, “they need to be slaughtered and butchered.”

A price was agreed and on that Friday evening a van arrived at the back of the shop and two pigs were ushered in, that night he slaughtered them and prepared them keeping the blood and a few odd pieces and Saturday evening they were butchered and put in the cold room.

He strolled down to the pub for a well-earned pint and got talking to an acquaintance from another shop, “by the way “he said “I hear the meat inspector will be at your shop first thing Monday morning.”

“Oh, much obliged” as he swiftly drank the beer and headed out to the nearest telephone. Urgent calls were made, and Dad could only think of the big black gates at Pentonville prison as he waited in some trepidation.  In the early hours of Sunday morning the van arrived and everything was loaded including the black puddings and all the offal, he couldn’t have anything there that hadn’t been delivered.

Monday morning arrived and waiting for him as he opened up was the inspector.

Dad decided it was time to give up the butchers game and worked in an engineering company making Bailey Bridges and became an ARP Warden for the rest of the war, I came along in 1943 not in the best of health and when I returned there were prefabs covering all the street in front of our family home.

The Germans had dropped a land mine on Cambridge Road taking out all of that road half of Beaconsfield Road a piece of Barnabas Road and a fair bit of Boundary Road plus the top half of Longfellow Road including half of our home but they didn’t get me I was in hospital trying not to die.

And as they say the rest is just history.

Michael Biswell

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