Hope in a time of austerity

I remember the austerity of the post-war years in Scotland when our parents seemed tired, worn out, undernourished, fed-up, and desperate to emigrate.

All the ordinary comforts of life that people had taken for granted before the war such as housing, food, clothing, fuel, beer, and tobacco became ever more scarce.

Yet even though children of my generation endured sweet rationing and the belt at school, we enjoyed a freedom and an aspirational education entirely lacking today.

If there is one good thing that could come out of this new age of austerity it would be the sacking of those jobsworths obsessed with overprotecting children.

And surely this elitist government of all the talents could re-create the wonder and sense of achievement felt by ambitious children of every background in the 1950s.


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