The potless team were on the street this weekend, not as drinkers or revellers I hasten to add, but out promoting the new ‘Help for Hire’ platform to households & individuals across the North East. It turned out to be a wild couple of days, with strong winds gusting over 30 MPH, causing damage to fences, roofs and trees with several large branches torn off.
What about your GARDEN FENCING? Is it still OK? Or has it been weakened? Buying replacement fencing or fence panels is for most of us a ‘distress purchase’, made out of necessity, rather than for pleasure. It needn’t be that way. If your fence has sustained minor damage over the last couple of days, do yourself a favour and get it fixed FAST before it becomes a MAJOR issue. Money’s likely to be tight this coming winter, and as they say ‘a stitch in time saves nine’.
Big DIY sites like B&Q and Homebase have useful Garden Idea pages including Fencing Repair guides ; another good site is Jacksons, a firm synonymous with quality fencing products. Fencing work is HEAVY WORK, especially if concrete posts are involved, or when you’re digging. You need to make sure that posts are fixed deep enough into the ground to provide a firm anchor for your fencing. On newer housing estates this can be problematic especially on old brownfield sites, for when you dig deep all kinds of rubble and stone can get in your way. Its all down to graft, not just the physical side, but using the right tools for the job. The Sitemate excavator fencer’s graft** is a heavy duty spade specifically designed for digging out post holes. It makes life VERY EASY because there’s no need to bend while using it, and its length and weight do a lot of the work for you; you’ll be down to between 2 to 3 feet in no time, what’s more, it’s narrow width makes a compact hole, ideal for back filling around a replacement post with something like Postcrete…a ready to use blend of selected sand, cement and additives for rapid setting. It’s also a handy tool for planting shrubs & trees, so well worth adding to your garden tool collection.
Fencing is like many things: you buy CHEAP you buy TWICE. That doesn’t mean you need to shell out a SMALL FORTUNE to some fencing contractor who may not do a job much better than you could do yourself….Invest instead in QUALITY PRODUCTS and save money on labour by advertising for a HELPER on potless or check thru our DIRECTORY*; Help for Hire, Help for Free, or Barter, all you need is a strong willing pair of extra hands plus a little knowledge of fencing ‘tricks of the trade’ you can glean from YOU-TUBE beforehand and you’re SORTED.
As we approach #SuperSaturday new figures released by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) indicate Universal Credit claims made by people aged 50 or over have more than doubled, from a figure of 304,000 in March to a staggering 660,000 in May. That’s 6% of all economically active over 50’s and its still rising.
Stuart Lewis from social enterprise site Rest Less sums it up well saying ‘the surge in older [Universal Credit] claimants highlights the extremely precarious financial situation that many of this demographic find themselves in today’, and ‘With eligibility criteria requiring less than £16000 of savings to qualify, this highlights how little of a buffer people have been able to save, despite many having worked hard for more than three decades already’ and lastly ‘the fear is of a lost generation of highly talented older workers forced permanently into a miserable and unaffordable early retirement’
Contrast those words to the seemingly endless stream of online ads, telling us we need at least a million quid in our ‘pension pot’ as they put it, to secure any kind of decent ‘retirement’. Nauseating? You bet. Lewis’s words echo almost precisely the conclusions scribbled on potless HQ’s whiteboard from two years back, when we brainstormed the platform’s ‘raison d’etre’. They’re still there today helping us to stay on track and true to our core beliefs.
Living close to Hartlepool, I regularly pass by Able UK’s Seaton Port (a story in itself) and been fascinated/saddened in equal measure by the scrapping of Shell’s Delta & Bravo oil production platforms, lifted from their iconic Brent field out in the North Sea. A couple of weeks ago Brent Alpha was brought in, pictured above, and below. Allsea’s Pioneering Spirit vessel carried out the single lift removal of the 17000 ton topside structure in a decommissioning operation lasting just just 9 seconds before transporting it piecemeal to the Tees.
There’s good reason for my special interest in these activities. As a 9 year old I marvelled over front page news stories covering the discovery of North Sea Gas off Great Yarmouth in December 1965. There were dramatic pictures of scary looking but strangely exciting American jackup rigs. A couple of years later the first North Sea gas was brought ashore at the Easington Gas Terminal in Yorkshire. I lived in Norfolk back then, and the area was buzzing from the ‘new’ industry, with construction of pipelines criss-crossing the county, laid in strings by giant yellow caterpillar tractors equipped with side cranes. Father & I never saw much eye to eye, and I recall with some amusement his outrage, in common with others at the time, over the £50 weekly wages the welders were paid. Dad as a middle aged professional probably got about 60% of that. Once the network was in place the gas boys primed the mains, & I remember the eerie blue flames rising from purging units in town streets. A seed was set. In my head. Strict parents wouldn’t allow me to set sail on trawlers or go anywhere near an oil rig…..kids were heavily influenced by Dad in those days aided and abetted my Mum, but I got part way with my dreams, enlisting as a Deck Cadet in the Merchant Navy. Yes, we had one in those days. But not for long. The tide was turning against the traditional shipping industry. Ocean going freighters were consigned to history as containerisation took hold, and my company’s fleet cut back from 120 vessels to around 70 over the course of an apprenticeship. The future looked bleak, but as ever, there are winners and losers. North Sea Oil activities were centred then on Dundee, so I took myself off there and got a job on the Kingsnorth UK drilling rig. It was a new semi-submersible, and one of the first Super Rigs designed for deep water, with a dynamic derrick on a massive scale, modern accommodation sat atop 12 legs and weighing in at about 25000 tons.
Quickly rising from roustabout to roughneck, assistant derrick man, and then casing & tubing operator travelling worldwide, the whole oilfield at the time could fairly be described as the very epitome of Pioneering Spirit; like the name of the ship bringing these behemoths in for scrap today. The beaching of Brent Alpha at Hartlepool is especially poignant, because I remember well, our crew helicopter touching down on its helideck a couple of occasions, dropping contractors off en-route to our own exploration rig. Hard to believe now, looking at the mountains of scrap from her sister installations, as she sits forlornly awaiting the wreckers shears.
There are parallels with the news regarding the worrying increase in Universal Credit Claimants in the 50+ age demographic. Before Covid even, this group were struggling. Indeed, it was their plight and others like them that prompted the birth of potless.co.uk. 660,000 good people now on the scrapheap, with little chance of meaningful employment anytime soon. Just today I read a story in the Hartlepool Mail titled ‘Plea to support Hartlepool’s pubs and restaurants – ‘most important industry in the country’ -ahead of July 4 reopening’. Darab Rezai of Hartlepool Licensees’ Association says and I quote “It is very important that we support the industry locally because the hospitality industry is the most important in the country‘. Call me cynical, but if you didn’t roll around the floor laughing over this statement, you’d break down and cry. The sad reality of a once proud nation. Whatever happened to Pioneering Spirit?
Are YOU one of the 660,000 struggling on Universal Credit though no fault of your own? Are YOU one of the #2millionreasonswhy #excluded or #forgottenLtd consigned to the scrapyard? potless was designed with you in mind. Sign up today to help people with ‘the little things in life’, or bigger jobs worth hundreds of pounds. OR, if you’re short of cash but still need things done, post the task on potless & get the work carried out at a keen price by one of our service providers or ‘taskers’. potless.co.uk lends a hand to households & individuals across the UK including Hartlepool. You can SAVE and EARN money from potless. Use it to supplement the hated Universal Credit. There are thousands of people with time on their hands ready to help. Support our NEW platform and help us change things for the BETTER, until next time, I’m Jeremy, potless MD; Enjoy #SuperSaturday and have a nice weekend 🙂
In April, UK jobless soared by nearly 70% with numbers claiming unemployment benefit reaching almost 2.1 million, the biggest monthly increase since like for like records began in 1970. We’re now, June 2020, officially in the deepest recession for THREE CENTURIES. Job vacancies posted by employers looking for new staff have halved. How very different to the outlook before Covid hit. In the first 2.5 months of ’20, we had the lowest unemployment in the UK since the mid 1970’s and numbers of people in work was at an all time high, albeit with average wage packets at 2007 levels (corrected for inflation), following the weak recovery from the banking crisis in 2008.
Further redundancies are expected this week, and coming weeks, as hard pressed employers shed staff because they can’t afford to pay the ‘new’ contribution to furlough; Companies like those in the hospitality sector currently turning over NO MONEY AT ALL are going to have to decide in the next few days whether to let employees go, simply because they’ve run out of money. There’s worse news…accountants & lawyers are being swamped with inquiries from desperate firms wanting to know how they’re supposed to make people redundant and fulfil their obligations surrounding Redundancy Pay…with no money in the bank. Borrowing apparently is the answer….there are special rules which cover the payments. Consequently, said firms will dig themselves deeper into debt and all that will happen is insolvencies will be delayed by a few months more.
What prompted this blog post however, was not the grim news about Job Losses; it was the news about Job Vacancies and the companies that are supposedly #stillhiring. potless team members have partners, loved ones, friends and acquaintances on furlough. As the Government dithers over social distancing rules, many of these furloughed workers are spending every waking moment scouring online job portals for alternative employment. Most of them work in hotels/restaurants/airlines/holiday businesses, and know that even if their workplaces re-open, huge numbers are expected to be laid off, simply due to the Rules making these places unviable. Many establishments may limp on for a while, before dying a slow death, due to mounting debt and pressure from creditors.
We’re getting reports, that a large percentage of the job vacancies being applied for AREN’T BEING PROCESSED. Applicants are observing their online applications ‘UNOPENED’, which begs the question, WTF’s going on? Are they for real, or nothing more than Ghost jobs from Zombie firms?
You’ll probably have noticed there are three kinds of business emerging from this so called ‘crisis’?
1) Businesses that have put their noses to the grindstone, shut out the NOISE, and continued to trade against all odds, not only delivering the goods but with excellent Customer Service as well.
2) Businesses whose management has succumbed to Covid Fear and demands from employees to #StayHome #Staysafe, who aren’t functioning at all, or if they are, blaming Covid for any kind of holdup, mistake, poor response, failure to return goods, doing what they like basically, at YOUR EXPENSE
3) Businesses deliberately using Covid to mask (no pun intended lol) sharp practise, to profiteer, and basically RIP PEOPLE OFF, which has long been something we’re rather good at in Britain.
It seems that the Unopened Job Applications are either from companies who posted them before lockdown and didn’t bother to take them down…or maybe the portals haven’t removed them because they’ve heard nothing from the recruiter. OR, they’re firms in Category 2, who are hiring, but who’s #Stayhome staff ‘can’t be bothered’ or can’t find the time/don’t see the urgency. The #StayHome work model leaves a lot to be desired, and to be fair, it’s been foisted on companies through no fault of their own. It’s maybe ‘work in progress’ to develop systems which do work, but that’s little comfort to hundreds of thousands of job seekers.
potless can’t pretend (at this stage) to answer prayers and offer full time employment to many. However, with your support, we can grow it into a viable platform. Become a Helper and help people with ‘little things in life’ as well as some bigger jobs too. Get paid, or get satisfaction if you choose to volunteer instead. Don’t forget also, if you’re using the platform primarily to look for work & job vacancies, you too may still need things done around the home. You’ll probably have less money to pay for them, so use the platform to Post A Job for others to do and make it a Win-Win. Every cloud has a silver lining. Try and enjoy your day! Thanks guys and good luck with your SEARCH, Help for FREE, Help for Hire, Barter.
PS: If you’re A-OK, riding the storm and without money worries, then we’re truly pleased for you. Perhaps you’re browsing our pages out of an interest to Help Others in these trying times. Might you be interested in helping us here at potless via our GoFundMe campaign? Your contribution however small would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again 🙂
I’ve always been a numbers man; Sales, leads, statistics, mental arithmetic, #2millionreasonswhy, any numbers I see get me thinking. Now I don’t blame you if numbers ‘aren’t your thing’ but if you’re a furloughed worker or some-one attempting to run a business right now, numbers might mean you pause for thought.
A report came came out this week suggesting 16% of people now feel financially better off and 25% have between £200 and £500 more in disposable income each month due to lockdown and furlough. I wonder if (as usual) there’s a North/South divide. One couple I read about, in the ‘leafy suburbs’ with a small child, reckon they’re saving £50 a day on train fares, £200 a month on eating out, and £800 a month on childcare. Add that up and it amounts to £2300. The pair work ‘in insurance’. Another woman featured said she was now saving £120 a month on travel and £150 a week on what she called ‘her lunch habit’. She works in PR of course. Are you reaching for a sick bag? I am. And I expect the #2millionreasonswhy brigade are too….they’re the large number of people left out of The Government’s ‘rescue packages’ despite their assurance ‘We’ll put our arms around every single worker’. Furthermore, I’m predicting another two million ending up on the scrap heap before Halloween. Or more. How so? Well, like they say in the Dacia Ads…..‘You do the math’. Today, there are 8.4 million workers on furlough. If we’re conservative with a small ‘c’, and 10% get made redundant due to reduced demand &/or their companies closing, that adds another 840,000 to the number of unemployed, already standing at about 1.5 million. If it turns out to be a third (more likely) that number will rise to around 4.5 million. If the pubs don’t re-open due to social distancing measures making them unviable, add another half million.
A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the upbeat national housebuilder reporting sales holding up well, and rising prices due to strong demand. Two days ago there was a story from Derbyshire Live concerning Don Amott, smugly boasting about taking a million pounds in deposits on leisure vehicles THIS PAST THREE WEEKS, as well heeled folk turn to domestic holidays. Forgive me for describing these people as ‘well heeled’….but you don’t get much motorhome these days for much less than 40 grand do you? My own neighbour’s doing pretty well out of it all too, proudly revealing a new hot tub….a story in itself. Apparently tubs & spas are like gold dust because the likes of Homebase, The Range & B&Q won’t sell them just now. Why? Because two people are needed to deliver them and they can’t do that & comply with social distancing rules. I’m surprised they haven’t figured out a way to sling them from a pole (with a small ‘p’ 🙂 ) so they can maintain the statutory 6 feet apart. So much for DIY skills. Maybe the reason’s because they can’t send them out together with 2 sitting in the same cab. Who knows. That rule doesn’t seem to apply to the ‘construction industry’ as far as I can see, with builders trucks spotted on numerous occasions with three guys sitting abreast…but never mind. Wheeler dealers have been buying tubs and selling them for double the RRP on Ebay by all accounts…even the chlorine tablets to cleanse the water have rocketed threefold in cost! Our neighbour went on to say he’s expecting to be on furlough for ‘at least another month’ and alluded to almost enjoying the experience. He added he was looking to go on holiday, but ‘sadly, it won’t be abroad’. Now maybe I’m a bit warped, but from where I’m standing, his kind have been on holiday since March!
If you’ve read the ABOUT US page on potless, you’ll know I’m a bit political. One of the few benefits of getting older, is that you can rest assured (from a lifetime of experience) that if YOU think something, there are hundreds of thousands if not millions who think the same. Sadly, in the politically correct virtue signalling world we live in today, few actually feel they can voice their views. As this all unfolds, I’m like a fly on the wall as I watch two of my own close family members in furlough. First it was a novelty to them, then a little boring. Then we got an extension so the can’s been kicked a bit further down the road. August seems a long way off, but hey, it’s no worries because they’re on 80% pay, bankrolled in effect by a GIANT MASTERCARD aka the nanny state. Many furloughed workers still believe their workplaces will re-open come the Autumn, and they can pick up where they left off with one proviso; they wear the blessed MASK! (oh yeah, they get temperature taken before clocking in too). Each week that passes with restrictions still in place, means less and less likelihood of this happening, yet most don’t seem to realise it. They appear (to some of us) almost like lemmings rushing blindly & fearlessly towards DISASTER.
These latest news stories DIDN’T have the same effect on me as the bluster from the national housebuiulder a couple of weeks ago. Back then I wavered for a few hours, thinking maybe I was wrong, and that we might well see the strong V shaped recovery forecast by some. This time round I’m in no doubt. There will be a V shape for sure. It’ll be in the form of two fingers directed at Sunak Johnson- ‘We’ll put our arms around every single worker’-Schapps & Hancock from the #2millionreasonswhy, the self employed & SME’s left hung out to dry in every corner of our country. There are also signs of increasingly bitter divisions between the #StaySafe brigade and the folk who want to get back to work, so I’m expecting friction there too. potless has just been born, & I know I’m in for a long haul turning it into a viable platform and worthy of patronage. We’ve had a good start this week with several new helpers signing up. Again, I’m into numbers. We have to ‘Rinse & Repeat’ over and over to reach the critical mass we need to make the site a success. In all situations however dire there are WINNERS & LOSERS. I’d hazard a bet that WTSHTF around November & the run up to Christmas, many of those now spending money like it’s going out of fashion, may well find themselves turning to our pages….looking for Help4FREE, Help for Hire, Barter & Exchange. Remember folks, potless is FREE to join, & it costs NOTHING to Ask for Help. #StillHiring
Are you a man with van? AnyVan? You don’t need to be ‘white van man’ courier kind of guy; you could for example, be a plumber, a handyman, a plasterer, a builder, an electrician, a florist, a joiner, anybody who drives anyvan can make useful money here on potless. Some people have vans for private use, like dog owners, so why not make money out of it? potless is about helping people with the ‘little things in life‘, either by Help for Free, Help for Hire or Barter.
Let’s imagine you’re a plumber, we’ll call him Steve, living in Bishop Auckland working on a contract in Leeds for a couple of months. It’s a 70 mile drag and an hour’s journey, but hey, he’s not overly bothered because he’s getting paid for it one way or another. If he’s self employed he’s on a day rate which he’ll pitch to cover the journey. If he’s ‘legit’ & ‘on the cards’ then he’ll likely be paid while he’s driving, for one way at least.
Meanwhile ‘Emma’ is a young woman living in Darlington working for a well known chain of health clubs. She needs a Food Safety Certificate for cooking and as it happens they’re done by an organisation near Cross Gates on the eastern fringes of Leeds. Emma doesn’t drive and relies on her Dad to take her, well, just about everywhere. Dad’s 65 years old and not in the best of health but he’ll do ANYTHING for his daughter and her two siblings. Dad still works as a bathroom fitter part time, so juggling errands for family while refurbishing some-one’s en-suite can get a little tricky. Running Emma to Leeds will take him the best part of 3 hours including the trip home. Why doesn’t Emma take the train I hear you ask? Well, kids being kids, ask Dad first! It saves the walk to the station at ‘daft’o’clock, it saves a shed load of money on the fare, and Cross Gates isn’t close to Leeds train station, so there’d be a 20 minute taxi ride involved too; all in all it could take Emma 3 hours just to get to the Training Provider….and she needs to be there for 8-30AM. Hmmmmmmm. Are you beginning to see the value of potless?
By posting her job or ‘task’ if you like, on our platform, in this case ‘transport to Leeds for 8AM Tuesday & Wednesday Next Week’ she could hook up with Steve the plumber. Emma’s on minimum wage and not exactly flushed for cash, which is one of the reasons she relies so much on poor old Dad, so she posts the job as <£10, meaning she’s willing to pay UP TO £10 for the trip. She’s having to foot the bill for the Food Safety Certificate herself, so every penny counts. Steve the plumber makes a couple of hundred a day, however, sometimes he’s ‘between jobs’ and earns NOTHING AT ALL. Like most plumbers he likes his money. Now we all know ten quid isn’t really worth getting out of bed for, however, £10 once a week over a year amounts to a tidy £500+ in readies at Christmas time, and more mature readers will know all too well….Grandchildren cost BUNDLES OF MONEY. All Steve needs to do is scan the TRAVEL & TRANSPORT and DELIVERY & COLLECTION categories from his potless member dashboard on a daily basis and he’s on the road to more WONGA. What’s not to love? Oh and while he’s about it, why not checkout the PROPERTY CATEGORY too? There could be a pensioner in Ripon with a leaking tap …an easy 30 minute task for Steve and something he’d usually get £40-80 for. The pensioner
can only afford £20 according to her post on potless; Steve umms and ahs but he’s pretty streetwise. He knows a £20 tap washer job could open the door to more work. What he DOESN’T KNOW is the old lady’s family is thinking about converting her bathroom for her, to enable DISABLED ACCESS. Impress the pensioner with his tap restoration skills and no-nonsense attitude and guess what? Steve jumps to the head of the queue for the bathroom job!
If on the other hand, there isn’t any more work with the pensioner Steve’s altrusistic nature might still pay off. Why? Because Word Of Mouth is KING. And if it doesn’t, well no matter, because a £20 tap job once a week over a year added to the £500 for the transport jobs EQUALS £1500. Tenerife for Christmas? You bet. And all because Steve’s a ‘Man with Van’. Its very early days for our Help for Hire and Errand Running platform, but if you can get into the habit of scanning Job Listings we can guarantee you’ll SAVE and EARN MONEY here on potless. Meanwhile, Enjoy your #weekend!
Yesterday, for a couple of hours I had the ear of a national housebuilder and as you’d expect we discussed the current ‘crisis’. Over the past few weeks I’ve been pondering the plight of so many people affected by Covid-19 while working frantically to build the Errand Running & Helping Hands site potless.co.uk. ( more about the thinking behind it can be found on the ‘About Us’ page)
Here isn’t the place to discuss the why’s and therefores of the political decisions made by Her Majesty’s Government regarding the furlough scheme and/or help for the self employed, however, it’s becoming increasingly obvious by the day, that millions of people are facing a VERY bleak future in the short term, and probably the medium term too. Why? For several reasons. The Chancellor estimated when he launched the scheme that around 1 million workers would be furloughed by employers; the number now stands at 6 million, or around a QUARTER of all UK employees. WOW! One has to #AskRishi & question the JUDGMENT of the man in my humble opinion…how could he get the furlough numbers so badly wrong? The answer likely lies in his life within the ‘Westminster bubble’ despite being MP for Richmond in Yorkshire, Hague’s former constituency. He’s also a former hedge fund manager, and his ‘inner circle’ comprises mostly millionaires and billionaires (father-in-law is Indian billionaire businessman Narayana Murthy). To many he’s every inch a man of SUCCESS, yet still only 40 years old. Time will tell whether he ‘saved our country & its economy’ or destroyed it in the name of ‘keeping people safe’ and allowing them an adequate income during lockdown. To be fair, most Western nations have followed a similar path, with the exception of Sweden. He pledged help to everyone who needed it and not to ‘leave anyone behind’, however we now know hundreds of thousands of people have not, and aren’t going to, receive ANYTHING AT ALL. They include new job starts, directors of small limited companies and many self employed people. A good number of these unfortunate folk have taken to social media using the hashtag #AskRishi to quizz the chancellor about their plight. To date, he hasn’t budged. Next week, with no extension to the Self Employed Income Scheme in sight, those that work for themselves will have NO INCOME AT ALL until its deemed safe to re-open their businesses.
At the time of writing ‘lockdown’ restrictions are being eased; millions are hoping to come off furlough & return to work, while others threaten to #StayHome until a ‘vaccine’ is found & Covid is eliminated. Between 3 & 500,000 hospitality workers won’t be going back either…their places of work aren’t scheduled for re-opening for months to come.
Sunak’s early education was at Winchester College, after which he went on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford. I too had a ‘good education’ attending Grammar School at Kimbolton, in the former county of Hunts. It was like something out of Tom Brown’s Schooldays, and for me, not a happy place. The teachers told my parents I’d be lucky to pass an O level but I confounded all expectations and passed 6 with good grades. Next thing I knew, the same shower were imploring me to study A levels and go on to University but my mind was already made up. I couldn’t leave quickly enough, choosing to set sail deep sea as a cadet in the Merchant Navy (we had one in those days). I won’t bore you with a life history, but the road I took following those early years was very different to that of Sunak. I’m pretty ‘streetwise’ as a result, and I’m not ashamed of that. It’s one reason I admire Lord Sugar, another billionaire (since 2015)…he’s not lost his ‘street cred’ and he’s not lost touch with his humble roots either. He’s a Marmite kinda guy, you love him or you hate him. His ‘Apprentice’ show is a little boring and predictable at times, nevertheless many of the episodes shine a light on doing business at street level, on the way to bigger & better things. It’s back to basics, and even though we live in a tech driven World, BASICS still have a part to play. An important part. I’m not sure Sunak is in touch with reality. By reality I’m referring to ordinary people in ordinary homes across Britain, used to living off median weekly earnings of £585 (Government figures). Nor am I sure about the National Housebuilder I spoke with yesterday. Bullish and upbeat with a nearly new Rolls (his) parked adjacent to the ‘office’ he boasted about ‘strong demand’ over the past 2 months for new homes (average price of a house in February was £234,742). He insisted that prices were actually RISING as builders took steps to counteract signs of panic. His life story was interesting; without giving away too much, a lot of the stops on his life journey were common with my own. They say all successful people need a little luck and by the looks of it, he’d had more than his fair share. I’m at the other end of the scale I have to say but I’m not done yet. (So help me please by Signing Up to potless, thanks in advance!)
Over the years, I’ve met several of his kind, & invariably they come across the same. ‘Sure of Themselves’ is a polite way of putting it. He didn’t agree with me that the country was facing ruin. He didn’t agree with me that a good proportion of furloughed workers might not have a job to go back to, and may face a year or two on the dole. He didn’t agree with me that 850,000 extra recipients of Universal Credit would have any effect on his precious house sales. He didn’t agree with me that millions of self employed would effectively be barred from the mortgage market on income grounds….in short he didn’t agree with me over very much, EXCEPT for one thing. I didn’t actually have to ask the question; he answered it for me in the course of the somewhat one sided conversation. ‘Of course what will happen is the rich will get richer and the poor poorer’ then adding ‘that’s the way it is I’m afraid’ as if those last two words would make it sound all OK, like its something we all have to GET OVER.
I’m a complex kind of guy and a deep thinker. That’s probably one of the reasons I was invited to stand as a PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) a few years ago (I declined). This morning I woke early, my head buzzing from the ‘conversation’ the day before. I’ve built potless as a site with a soul & a conscience. Its built on foundations forged by years of dealings with householders and ‘ordinary bods’ at street level. What I see is a society torn from top to bottom by division & inequality, with increasing numbers of good hard working people ‘falling through the cracks’. Academics say ‘if you kill First World Economies the Third World Dies’ literally. Could we be facing a similar scenario in Britain? Have we killed the spirit & the work ethic of large numbers of hard working families in the name of ‘staying safe’? Will people lower down the ‘pecking order’ & already classed as vulnerable face even more hardship & exclusion than they do now? Time will tell. For a moment I wavered, thinking…here’s MR SUCCESS telling me ‘all is well’ so long as ‘the politicians don’t talk us into a recession’ as he put it. Maybe I should take a leaf out of his book, go after the four houses, the ‘bonding trips’ with colleagues to Marbella, the new Rolls and hey, SCREW THE POOR! My partner’s told me more than once I need to learn to ‘play the game’. But that’s not me. Never has been, never will be. I hope you’ll follow me (as MD of potless.co.uk) & the team on our mission to build this platform into something that can ‘make a difference’ in the course of helping others, Welcome to potless.co.uk/blog