Parking nightmare

Now we can’t even park in the main Bournemouth town centre carpark without fear of being attacked.

The Echo is reporting that homeless people (they refer to them as beggars) are sleeping rough in the carpark and attacking people for money. One man was barricaded in the lift until he handed over cash and another man was threatened with needles and a screwdriver.

That’s pretty horrible and I shan’t be going anywhere near that carpark soon. But it all comes down to a more basic question, doesn’t it?  Why do we have so many homeless people in Bournemouth?  It’s a relatively wealthy area and we should be ashamed to have this problem. I suppose most of it comes down to drug and alcohol abuse and unfortunately my own family has been familiar with the downward spiral that can occur.

So what’s to be done?  These people need helping, but at the same time, the public needs to be protected from aggressors (whilst realising that the majority of the homeless are not aggressive). We simply can’t let them sleep on the streets, being vulnerable to health problems and potential attack.

Actually I don’t have the answer (for once!)  But I do think it’s something that society needs to get a grip on. One of those things that needs to be a priority because it’s affecting not only those homeless people but also folk going about their everyday business. Nobody wants to be harassed but on the other hand, no-one wants to get into a downward spiral of substance abuse.

It’s one of those problems that we have to tackle and if we don’t it’s only going to get worse.  I wish I could offer a solution.

Bournemouth Football

Well hoorah – some good news about our football team.  Not that I particularly follow football but it’s always nice to read something positive about the area you live.

Apparently, according to the Manchester Evening News, no less, Guardiola, manager of Manchester City has been complimentary about our local team. He’s come out to say that Bournemouth is the best team they’ve played all season. So that means he reckons The Cherries are superior to Manchester United.

Wow that’s praise indeed, though I suspect he’s also playing mind games against his local rivals.

Well let’s bask in the glory while it lasts. Makes a change from moaning about the EU!

Post Brexit

Ok so I’ve been away for a while. Had a building company in for three months, doing some necessary work on the house. And while they were here we decided to have a new kitchen and to have the bathroom updated. It’s cost me an arm and a leg, but well worth it because it’s added a lot to the value of the house I think.

During the time I’ve been away, we’ve had the EU referendum of course!  If you’ve followed my blog, you’ll know what I think about the EU, so it’ll come as no surprise that I’m delighted about the outcome!

What really rankled was all those pompous idiots telling us how the world would fall apart if we vote out. I don’t think any of us thinks there won’t be some sort of price to pay somewhere along the line but really what a load of scare tactics.

I was particularly disappointed by George Osborne. At one time I thought he was a reasonable chancellor but he really blew it with his campaign of fear. Totally disgraceful. So I’m really glad he got the old heave-ho. Not something he was expecting I’m sure.

Also lost respect for David Cameron over the whole issue.  First he quits like a schoolboy having a tantrum after the vote didn’t go his way. Then he went back on his word and even quit as an MP.  Personally I think it’s down to Samantha. She’s put up with Dave and his ambitions for a long while and now she wants her own career. I hear they may be heading to the USA. She be starting her own fashion business and good ole Dave will follow Tony Blair on the after-dinner speaking circuit. He’ll make a fortune of course without a second thought for the British people.

I long ago lost any hope that our “public servants” care a fig about the country – they’re almost all out for themselves.

But I am hoping that Theresa May has a more ethical approach. So far she’s doing OK but it’s very early days. Let’s hope she has some of Mrs T’s grit and determination because she’s certainly going to need it when negotiating our exit.

Of course all the EU leaders are against us, but so far I’ve been gratified that not much of the doom and gloom has come to pass. I believe that the UK is strong enough to show the world – and the US – that we can do well without the EU. There’s something about this little island that comes through and I’m sure we’ll do it again.

So well done everyone for voting us out of that dead-end club and let’s hope the road ahead isn’t too bumpy. I think we should be prepared for a few ups and downs but truly believe we’ll be far better off a few years down the line.

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