So what has been going on in this ere house. Well my son is away on a 5 day residential trip with the school. He was very excited and not a bit nervous which I was really pleased about. Surprisingly I was very relaxed about it also. I find a worry more at night and normally weeks before an event so when it actually came around I wasn't fretting etc. One mum felt a bit sick and worried as her youngest was going and I was going to say least they're sitting at the front of the coach as I heard the back is the worst place to sit. But you will be pleased to know I kept my mouth shut for once! I think that's my biggest fear the coach might crash or something. Anyhow, buddy was more upset wailing as the coach pulled away and then my daughter was teary this morning saying how much she missed him. Which was news to me as normally they bicker every day after school. Kids are funny creatures aren't they.
We are also have a living room make over - we've gone all a bit National Trust which we didn't plan to but it seems to be working. The walls are green and I have nice red curtains going on, oak laminate and we have ordered two new chesterfield sofas (on my bucket list - aim low that's what I say to avoid disappointment!). I also ordered a tartan rug and changed the light shade on my lamp to this....
What I really liked about the Bob Crow I grew up with on the telly was his passion for fighting for something he believed in. How many people do that these days? I'm pretty sure he lived and breathed his job. Most people are so apathetic - only today I read the Tories have outsourced £1.5 billion worth of NHS contracts to the private sector with cancer treatment being one of them. When has privatisation ever meant a good service and value for money or more importantly CARE?! Let us think about that one shall we - BT, water companies, utilities, our national rail network, our post office and now our NHS.
Naturally there have been comments about his estimated £80-£120k salary, taking an expensive holiday and living in a council house. So what! So what he got paid a decent salary to fight for the working people - I'm pretty sure he worked all the hours and was dedicated to his cause and he'll be let in at the pearly gates. The bankers can earn millions and sit in their fancy houses and what good have they done for anyone? What have they given back to society - closed libraries, sure start centres and austerity and they still get obscene bonuses.
So your train was cancelled and you had a bit of inconvenience well you'll have more of that to come when you need the NHS and other services. I shall leave you Billy Bragg's facebook status today. RIP Bob you did good.
Very sorry to hear of the tragically early death at just 52 of Bob Crow, leader of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union. I saw Bob many times at Tolpuddle and other union gatherings. He was a veteran anti-fascist, playing an important part in helping to defeat the BNP in Barking & Dagenham in 2010. Demonised by the right wing press for standing up for his members, the Labour movement has today lost a real champion of working people.
As Joe Hill said - 'Don't mourn - organise'