With the election now over, I guess it is time to write another blog.
I can’t say I’m surprised at the result – just hoping we won’t see another 5 years of austerity and job losses, forcing more and more people into poverty and homelessness. Yet it is strange to see some of the same patterns forming in our culture (which tend to be the result of a harsher society) many of which were featured in my second novel, VISIONS, (set in 1980s Britain under Mrs Thatcher’s government.)
I am currently doing another edit on this book and it is nice to revisit it again. It is a novel which includes the rise of anarchy and especially in the ‘New Age Travellers’ movement. I don’t like the concept of anarchy but with the events in London, this weekend, it looks like it’s already here! People are angry. But I can’t help thinking there are better ways to urge our politicians to improve the country for everybody.
I would like to see the government do more for businesses, especially small enterprises like high street shops, urge councils to reduce business rates so less of them go out into liquidation. Our own high street has seen dozens of shops close down and the town is starting to look shabby. This isn’t a Britain to be proud of – you can almost imagine the tumbleweed rolling down the road, as the town gradually degenerates into a ghost town. I couldn’t help noticing the same in Orpington last year, loosely the area where my own fictitious town, Rosebrook, is located.
Yet I wanted to feature the good and bad in every government in VISIONS. And on the subject of small businesses, there was this one element of promise:
‘As for Luke – he’s finally opened up an exclusive wine shop, right here in Forest Haven. If there’s one good thing that’s come out of Mrs Thatcher’s government, it’s been this ‘Enterprise Allowance Scheme,’ designed to help people like my son set up their own business.” Nothing could have delighted Eleanor more – recalling, this had been his dream.’
So take heed, Mr Cameron! You have promised us the Conservatives will be the ‘Party for the ordinary working man’ so prove it. Do something to help small businesses, encourage growth and get this country back on its feet. I for one, will not forget the party election promises you made when the next General Election comes our way.
The new edition of Visions will be available on Amazon in about 2 weeks time. You can discover more about the story and it’s political climate by visiting my Pinterest Board, filled with stuff from the 80s.