OPINION: He Who Is Tired Of London…Needs Brexit
So the saying goes ‘He who is tired of London, is tired of life’… (or something like that).. Well, yes, I am bored, and tired, actually, of what is HAPPENING to London.
I’m doing my best in London. I know no other home. I find myself wondering more and more why I’m hanging on here though. I know the answer of course. It’s my home. I’m born and bred. I love it. I’ve got all my memories here. Parents, grandparents, growing up, school, fun, friends, everything. But am I just living in a world that doesn’t really exist anymore? It feels like that quite regularly. I look around me on my crowded train and I know I’m in an increasing minority where I live.
But it’s not just that, its much, much more. It’s the overcrowding. And lowering of our quality of life. And the lessening of good manners that comes with that. Maybe I’m out of step. After all, younger people are growing up in this crowded, dirty, low quality way of life. And I guess they get used to it, I often wonder about that, we moan about it but THEY don’t know any different.!. And it isn’t getting any better. We voted Brexit to stop the rot, but all we’ve had is people fighting against it and a government who seem frozen in limbo, while our country gets more and more crowded. And now we need more foreign doctors to cope, so it just goes round and round. I remember leafletting and noticing just HOW many people live in one converted 3 storey set of flats… And to think we used to laugh at those images of the crowded Tokyo trains….
If we read warnings that towns are full of false beggars who are driven in every day to try to squeeze money out of people fraudulently by pretending to be poor or homeless or whatever, why does it still go on? Why can’t we see someone begging and know for sure they need our help? Why does our good nature and generosity have to be ripped off? Why are they allowed to do it if they are fake? And are we also frozen just like the government? And the homeless, we all want to help them don’t we? But why are so many foreign… if you haven’t got a job within 3 months aren’t you supposed to go home! But nothing gets done about it. I read about local councils paying for coaches to take people home (very nice of them) but they just come back again and sit around, homeless and jobless. They know if they become enough of a nuisance they will eventually be housed…. cue the story a couple of years ago of the ‘visitors’ camping and defecating on monuments near Marble Arch… it went on for weeks!
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Homeless shelters in London are now full of many foreign nationals, nearly all male, a lot of them young, who could just go home. Some of them are also students whose visas have run out so they know by presenting themselves at a homeless shelter they can extend their stay. Ditto YMCA hostels… The countries they come from are mostly not bad countries at all. They are given their own interpreters and a travel pass to look for work. They can then get somewhere to live. Squeezed into our society against our will and totally unnecessarily for us, or even for them, because they could really just go home, like I said. Strange mentality. If they were genuine refugees they would not be in shelters, they would have been looked after on arrival. They are mostly just opportunists. Homeless shelters are meant for those who are genuinely homeless. Yet the one I visited had only 2 British Citizens staying there.
Where I work there is a man who sells the Big Issue. He is not from here. I felt sorry for him so I used to buy the magazine from him, and sometimes buy him food or a soft drink, as did many passers by. In the winter I gave him information about a homeless shelter as he said he had nowhere to live. I also gave him info on schemes to help homeless people get work. Somehow none of this worked out for him. Streetlink couldn’t help him either even though they went out to see him, twice. Eventually he told me he did not want to pay tax, he didn’t see why he should, he was staying here and he was never leaving because life was easier here. He could sell the Big Issue, do cash in hand work, and get money from wealthy people who felt guilty when they saw him on the street. He was happy living that way and saw no reason to try to conform or contribute to our society in any way whatsoever. 3 years later he is still doing exactly the same thing. I had to tell myself to let him get on with it.
Not all Big Issue sellers are like that of course. But on the other hand many are. Something has gone seriously wrong with the Big Issue too, clearly. A great invention, but now totally abused. Again, when I buy the Big Issue I’d like to know that the money is helping someone get back into work. Not being used to prop up someone’s lifestyle choice of not paying tax and refusing to take part in society in any way whatsoever.
No wonder people will travel across continents, pay thousands of pounds and wait for years at Calais or whenever to get here. Once here they know they can pretty much do what they like. We are the soft touch of the world. Except for those of us that are law abiding citizens of course. We must pay tax, work every day, pay our bills, put up with less and less services and more and more overcrowding. And we had better not think bad things or the thought police will be after us. If we dare to vote anything but left wing we are racists and there is every chance a political hustings may get shut down in some areas of London, we have recently learnt (and witnessed!).
And yet London is Remain City. Again, being Brexit I am going the opposite way on this compared to most Londoners. Of course I have plenty of friends and family who also voted Brexit. But increasingly in public I feel I should shut up about it. A young chap at work informed me he liked immigrants coming in because ‘they can do the rotten jobs he doesnt want to do!’….! Give me strength… Oh and don’t even try to mention you might like some of the things President Trumps suggests if you are in a London pub – people get worried and nervous for you and themselves so tell you to be quiet… (well that’s what happened to me anyway..)
And as for soaring violent crime… are we really surprised? Sadiq Khan seems locked in a bubble where he is also frozen and unable to do anything WHATSOEVER. Write to my MP? I’ve had enough of automated messages thanks Sadiq…
Is there life on Mars? if so, its starting to sound appealing….
So excuse me if I’m feeling tired of it all, as I trip over potholes and walk past overflowing stinking bins while trying to ram myself onto crowded l trains and worrying about paying my bills /getting to work on time. I do love London. I’m just not sure I can keep swimming against the tide.
Can we really change it back? I just don’t know any more…and I’m sad to say I’m beginning to feel too worn down to try…