Our Blog Page 3 (2020)
This pandemic shows how fundamentally flawed our economic system is. People are talking about stopping the lockdown to save the economy. The whole point of any economy should be human welfare. That also includes preserving a liveable planet without which there is no economy.
Yet people want to risk lives to keep the economy going. What that really means is that the wealthy are worried about losing their money. Look at what happens with economic growth: the UK economy has grown by 20% over the last ten years or so. But is everyone 20% better off? Of course not. The rich got richer and everyone else got poorer. They don't want the rest of us to sit around safely at home instead of making more money for them.
They're also worried that people might get time to think about the direction that the world is heading in. If people are working flat out just to survive, they don't have the time to wonder why they are getting nowhere. They don't questions why we don't take action on climate change, mass extinctions of species, soil degradation, plastic in the oceans etc. And they don't question why they have to work for forty or fifty years to spend a retirement in relative poverty.
This is the time when we should stop and look around. Is the world that we're living in the one that we want to spend the rest of our lives in? The one where hedge fund managers and bankers make millions while the people who put the food on our tables, look after us when we're sick, take away our rubbish etc struggle to make ends meet.
It's time for a change. After the financial crisis in 2008/9 caused by the bankers, they didn't suffer. They got bailed out while everyone else paid for their mistakes. Are we going to go back to the old normal after this crisis too? Or are we going to create a fairer society that values the contribution that ordinary people make?
The choice is in your hands at the next elections.
Let me introduce myself... I'm Merrie the rescue cat. I'm 14 years old and I've got cancer: a tumour in my mouth. It was about 4 cm across and was preventing me from eating as It stopped me from opening my mouth. It couldn't be surgically removed and chemotherapy is not effective for this kind of cancer. Therefore my family took me to a clinic for radiotherapy. For two weeks I had a session every working day.
In order to stop me wasting away the doctors put a tube into my oesophagus so that I could be fed through it. Before they did that I had lost about 1 kilo, nearly a quarter of my body weight: I don't recommend this as a slimming strategy!. Because I hadn't eaten for so long, my stomach had shrunk and I could only be fed 8ml of food five times a day. However I soon adapted and now I'm getting fed 40 ml six times a day. That feels so much better: I've gained nearly 400 grams over the last few days .
The tumour has already shrunk quite a lot. In order to slow down its growth I'm on a whole bunch of medicines. One advantage of the tube is that I don't have to swallow them: they can be squirted directly into the tube along with my food.
The doctors warned that I might get a sore eye and as you can see, they were right! I have a check up every week so I have some medicine for it.
I have got my own website, twitter account (@cat_merrie) and facebook page, so please like or follow these pages, so that you can see how I progress...