Thursday, 7 June 2012
You don't know what you've lost 'till it's gone.
You never know what you've lost until it's too late and so it has been with London's wholesale destruction of communities from the sixties to the present day. BBC 2's The Secret History Of Our Streets got off to a brilliant start with an investigation into the sad decline of Deptford High Street at the hands of well meaning but autocratic planners and environmental health officials. As I say, you don't know what you've lost 'till it's too late and I fear that this may be true of a lot more things before long. Nick Clegg and IDS, ably supported by the Sun I should add, have launched a campaign to means test pensioners benefits such as the winter fuel allowance and Freedom Passes. Why not just go for it and means test the NHS, state education and every other last vestige of a distributive society? I fear that our grandchildren will curse us for ever.