Saturday, 9 July 2011
A Business In A Small Town In Scotland
This video was made to show the damage the total smoking ban has made to many small businesses but it highlights a rather sad picture of Scottish society today, with nowhere for folk who live alone to go for an evening's company.
Isn't it time, as a civilised society which has changed radically since I was born, that we gave some priority to this problem? There are a few day centres - usually run by local authorities or quangos - which provide entertainment or meals but close around 4pm then those who live alone, of any age, go home. I don't know one that opens on a Saturday or Sunday.
If we managed to create places in which people who are lonely would be welcome - whether smokers or non-smokers, drinkers or non-drinkers, dancers etc - we may well reduce our heathcare bill quite substantially, particularly when the cost of heating homes and food is fast becoming beyond the income of so many. Social interaction is a vital party of life but it is not encouraged in a country which calls itself a caring society. For so many television has replaced friendships but how many will be watching television in freezing cold rooms this winter?
Communities should get together and tell politicians to stop giving money to large quangos for lobbying, because their lobbying is detrimental to communities. They take vast amounts of money away from good projects such as resident wardens in housing complexes where good wardens ensured social activities were available to all.
The Ash and alcohol quangos, along with the 5-a-day healthy eating preachers, are just the tip of the iceberg of those organisations which lobby governments 'on our behalf', are registered charities and are funded mainly by taxpayers' money.
Let Creative Scotland give advice - they're the people who are paid, by us, to be creative and it shouldn't be confined to the arts, so surely they can create a solution to this problem. I can hear the protests of those quangos who think they can't get involved. They are involved. They're funded by our taxes and it's time they stood up and realistically represented their own section of society in a positive manner. Continually being negative with their 'DON'T' agendas and refusing to counterbalance their preachings with 'DO' agendas shows failure on their part. The money spent on the DON'T groups could be put to far better use.
I won't mention Age Scotland because it deserves a post of its own.