4 Sep 2011
For a long time now I've been referring to the country as "Formerly Great Britain". I don't say that lightly. I remember (from news, from reading) England before the inmates took over. From Kings and Queens - some of whom failed, many of whom succeeded; from "Britannia that ruled the waves", and upon whom the Sun never set; from statesmen like Disraeli, Pitt, Gladstone, Churchill; from military leaders like Nelson, Montgomery ... the list goes on.
There was a brief moment when the fog lifted, when Lady Thatcher was Prime Minister, but the people soon recovered from that attack of common sense.
A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into making the Britain of the 50s. It would appear, though, that the ship of state has been handed over to children.
Britain is indeed broken. Even if there were enough Kings' horses and King's men, they couldn't put her back together again.
Nothing's ever hopeless, but when the disease reaches this advanced stage, the treatment is going to be drastic.
27 Sep 2011
I was educated in Manchester in the 1960s. Fortunate to attend a technical high school which produced from my generation,doctors,dentists,engineers and several barristers. Within a few years (1967) of being labelled a comprehensive (local school sic) it had sunk into a hell hole fed only from the surrounding council estate. I was plucked from that estate to be educated along side middle class kids from all over south M/c. What chance do these kids have now?