Reporting from London where I have been for two days without proper application arrangements to write and file stories. I am equipped with my iPad and have my camera, however I usually work in a Microsoft environment. I have had some hiccups along the way in making things work to file stories as I wished. The Queen has a bad cold and the young prince and his wife escaped the castle to spend Christmas with her family thus fleeing the germs.
We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and today is Boxing Day, a traditional day after when 1) people box food and surplus items to give to the poor, or 2) people tidy up their own things for a day to give the servants a day off. Yes, everyone knows that they still have classes and servants in England. Due to the economic downturn, there are many servants in waiting over here.
In America, the servant class may be called the Middle Class. There are still many people in that class needing jobs and seeking upward mobility. The prospects were not too positive as I left the nation of cliff dwellers as I describe their teetering on the edge of fiscal disaster.
Now, I read that President Obama flew all the way to Hawaii to spend Christmas with his family and then flew all the way back to Washington to spend more time with John Boehner. That’s a bummer, don’t you think?
Obama, Boehner, McConnell and Reid need to forge some legislation to resolve the immediate budget issues so that we don’t crash over the cliff. They say the UK has already been at the bottom of the gully for 32 months during which they have reduced their deficit by 25%. That was a traumatic achievement that has brought economic grief to many people.
However, when you look about London, one sees plenty of new construction. The city seems to never sleep as many small shops and pubs are open late at night. People don’t seem too gloomy.
I was asked what I think will happen to the Republican Party. I explained my opinion is that unless they move to the center, their candidates will be largely unelectable.
Why is it that people inquire about the GOP? It is because they know that America operates on a two-party system. A viable American political system needs two to Tango.
Then, I spent some time promoting the importance of sustainable economics. Interestingly, there is a large commercial developer in London that touts a sustainable living theme. They promote how green they are to attract new condo owners and new apartment dwellers. The problem that I see is they missed one important point and that is affordability. These places are hugely expensive. Where are the jobs? Where is the wealth? I don’t see the answers and the equation is incomplete.
The difference between here and there is that in London they are using the word “sustainable” while in Washington there is no talk about it.
On our way to Highgate, we passed by signs directing people to Dickens Yard. I asked, “What is Dickens Yard?” My friend and hostess remarked, “It’s probably a yard named for the writer?”
With nothing else to do, I decided to look it up.
Behold to my surprise, Dickens Yard is billed as a “sustainable community.”
They promote a vision labeled 2020 meaning, I suppose that means that they are looking ahead 7 years and by that time a notion of sustainabilty will be achieved.
“GREENER, MORE ECONOMICAL
Use 26% less water per person than the average house*
Include recycling bins in every home
Include space for a home office
Provide a safe place to store bicycles
Are close to essential amenities including schools, parks and shops
Have good access to public transport
Provide streets that are friendly for pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars
Provide safe public spaces and pedestrian routes
Deliver homes designed to adapt to changing needs
A COMMITMENT TO
St George sets targets to reduce the water use and CO2 emissions associated with our construction activities and business operations
We also pledge to reuse or recycle over 85% of our construction, excavation and demolition waste”
Well, this is too good to be true. Commercial developers here have embraced the term “sustainability” but haven’t a clue as to what that means.
You see the properties that they are promoting are wildly expensive and beyond the means of working people. The sustainability equation is complete only when jobs and incomes match affordable living. As it is, there are castles in the Kingdom that are not for servants.