Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Good news day and what is it with the catchphrase 'Hard Working Families'?

There's little doubt that I can be a bit of a 'grouch' and have been cynical about the use of 'online' petitions (and petitions generally) but I have had some cause to moderate my views of late.
Another commemoration of Sir Nicholas Winton's work

Having felt that it is rather easy to just sign something (no cost financially or otherwise) it does seem that the sheer weight of numbers can make a difference.

The campaign for a commemorative Royal Mail stamp to Nicholas Winton who helped some children escape Nazi atrocities in Europe at the start of WW II is one - (take a look at the change.org).

Another outcome that might have been influenced by Change.org is the concern in  finding  that some of  the  Tottenham court underground station  mosaics  by the great Eduardo Paolozzi would not  have space  to be accommodated on platforms there  and are now finding a suitable  home in Edinburgh, Scotland (the artist was brought up in Scotland).

Eduardo -No doubt he was an important artist (Kew Gardens)

Hard Working Families

Back to being grouchy

I find it odd to find that the phrase that  personally grates with me when politicians use it - 'Hard Working Families' is most disliked  by the general public too - I'm not sure why it remains a must appear cliché -  what is intended by the heavy repetition?

For me on thinking about it - I reckon that extra help is really needed by the ill, old and generally disadvantaged - I'd be keen to limit how much the previously mentioned group are held back but don't believe that they warrant more than this - let's limit the use of the phrase anyways as it's currently an irritant.

Politicians and misdemeanours

It's difficult for the dead to escape innuendo and rumour and there was certainly talk about former UK premier Ted Heath during his lifetime.

Politicians have been treated with too much reverence in the past and establishment cover ups were felt preferable to revealing the warts and follies of those in power - thank goodness that more emphasis is now placed on victims rather than the establishment figures.

A while back I mused on the impact large scale misdemeanours of a sexual nature could impact the political result of the last general election - even now if cases come to light there's going to be some major impacts. (we've already got something of a list of politicians under the spot light that includes the late Cyril Smith MP (Lib Dems), from the Labour party Lord Janner and Tories like Lord Brittan -both former MPs 

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