Four days visiting the region around Brighton was more than enough for your corespondent to sadly conclude that Great Britain has in fact become the “Little Britain Banana State”
The trip was organised to get a better picture of what people and the media were saying about Brexit and the present state of world affairs.
The stark truth was that the main media companies, along with most people interviewed in very different places, wealthy and poor, were plainly not interested in what was happening on both fronts. They had their own concerns of getting more cash for living… and readers can understand that as applying equally well to those who have it, and the have nots…
Mrs. May is being ignored now as being irrelevant. It can be seen by the two largest national papers pictured here, from the BBC’s website. Parliament is regarded to be the playing ground of the rich and totally isolated from the lives of ordinary folk:
Brighton is a wealthy area but that means that money is accumulated by a few who are only interested in more, by cutting costs, taxes and public services. The quality of old and new housing is terrible – everyone has a gas heater, and only use it if they can afford the cost of heating. Windows are single-pane, old and draughty. The insulation in new houses is the same as 100 years ago – there is an air gap between outside bricks and the grey building blocks on the inside. The staircases and gardens of apartment blocks are like those in Russia and Ukraine – nobody is willing to pay for their upkeep. Litter and rubbish fills them as well as the front gardens. The shopping areas are full of empty shops, second hand shops, fish and chips cafes, news agents, betting shops and real estate agents – all run down and dirty. It is the same in Brighton and in the many small villages and towns around that area.
Tesco, Waitrose, ASDA and Sainsbury have brave new stores ready to sell crisps, pizzas, sweets, tobacco and sugary drinks.Their hold on the consumer is impressive.
Parking a car is now based on cash for 2 hours or a digital application. Cars, lorries, buses belch out filthy fumes, traffic jams have become a public pastime. Finding a free parking space is another national pastime.
Buses are full of what we would like to call victims – pensioners and the unemployed. They sit sadly and quietly on worn seats. Those lucky enough to have money have big gleaming cars and swank houses while the rest 90% look that they could do with more than some help. Shops, cafes, hotels and restaurants only pay the minimum wage or less. Here are some pictures of the house boats in Shoreham, near Brighton… India has similar floating slums:
A fire started one floor below the apartment where we were staying in Brighton, just after midnight. The acrid smoke woke us and we called the emergency services just before the fire alarm in the building started to blast away. Two fire engines arrived quickly and they smashed the doors to get in and put out the fire. Neither the police nor the firemen had any idea who was the owner of the restaurant, and it appeared the next day that nobody had inspected the place for fire safety!
Readers might be interested in taking a look at Private Eye, a magazine that has developed over the last 58 years to become a great source of facts about politics and business in the United Kingdom. The printed magazine is full of stories that we are starting to recognise here in the Nordic countries: http://www.private-eye.co.uk. This magazine regularly describes the close relationship between British politicians and big business. Unfortunately it is read by too few to influence voters…
Brexit has taken two years to drain attention from what needs to be done in the UK. It is a warning to voters around the world that big projects like Brexit cause damage because politicians become involved on red herrings instead of representing the country’s best interests at home and on the world stage.