I remember Mum reciting this to me, little did she know...

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Hi Mary ... the first element matches mine to a tee. , both during caring days , and afterwards if one is considered next to surplus to anyone's requirements close to retirement age ... any age after 50 in the better paying jobs market ?

Unfortunately , so does the second part.

The caring may have ceased almost a decade ago but ... the economic vice continues to grip ... close to 20 years after day one ... and will continue to do so.

A couple of restaurant bills still in my possession ... 30+ years ago ( 1983 ) ... over £ 200 each in today's money ... for one meal for two ... out of surplus cash flow.

My " Farewell to the Smoke " present to myself ... before moving out to more desirable commuter belt land ... by the sea in my case.

Today , it would be like winning a sizeable sum on the lottery ... £ 200 per week !

Still no income tax but ... full wack of council tax !!!

Yes , caring has a lot to answer for.
Interesting quote from Victorian Britain ... even more remarkable , the author :

Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by different breeding, are fed by different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws ... THE RICH AND THE POOR.

A socialist ?

Benjamin Disraeli ... Conservative Prime Minister ... on more than one occasion.

The quote taken from :

This extract from Benjamin Disraeli's novel Sybil, published in 1845, goes to the heart of one of the most controversial subjects of 19th century history - the extent to which industrialisation improved or depressed living standards, and the ways in which the poor were treated.


Fast forward some 172 years ... 2017.

Extract from an article in the Guardian , 2011 :

Pay gap widening to Victorian levels.

High pay commission forecasts top earners' slice of national income will rise from current 5% to 14% by 2030.



Headline from an article in the Independent , October 2015 :

Cases of Victorian-era diseases including scurvy, scarlet fever, cholera and whooping cough have increased since 2010.



Ecologist 2012 ... major news then , common place in 2017 ... a mere 5 years later ?

The UK sees a huge rise in families turning to Food Banks.



How times have NOT changed ?

Those Victorian times are coming back again ... with a vengeance !
Indeed times have not changed......

We are supposed to have progressed, and we are not a third world country

but when so few have so much and so many have so little, it is difficult to believe
This is a very touchy poem...just got me right in my feels when I used to be a child and we couldn't afford much in my house during Christmas