I originally wrote this post on my facebook notes page in February but I think its just as apt now as it was then. Please take a second and read it, think and then post a comment?
– Am I the only person who feels slightly nauseous that the news this week is full of endless stories of council mismanagement and a national salt crisis! it rings from our televisions shouts from radios and yells from our newspapers.
Last night, I was putting Natalie to bed and we often talk about topical events when she asks me the following question: “Dad, what happens to the homeless on weeks like these?, who looks after them?” She said expecting me to know the answer, as daughters do?…
I answered as best as I could whilst trying to sugar coat it for fear it would give her nightmares but after she fell asleep I pondered this fora while… over and over in my head. Have I seen any newspaper articles, TV programmes, radio broadcasts about the homeless in bitterly cold winters like this?… Nope not one ! what homeless charities are missing this opportunity? what newscasters are avoiding an important topic?
Surely its conceivable for us to judge a society on how it treats those less fortunate? If so then not the homeless plight in times like these seems unforgiveable. I would suggest homelessness is a serious, more perennial, more important crisis then no salt on Britains roads.
I hope you agree that if we do not talk, discuss and debate issues of a more serious nature in times like these we miss an important opportunity for raising public awareness. Then I suggest it is British society and not the British roads which is lacking in grit !!