After I reached the counter of my local grocery store the young girl asked me what was on my rag bag and had a look and it was the younger er versions of 4 State Premiers and one Prime Minister, underlined by QLD Labor.
She seemed hesitant after that to converse and I understood in her role it may have been a “silent moment”.
On leaving the clear park I thought it was sad that it just seeing a piece of rag screen print makes a young person so defensive these days.
I suppose at that age I was a interested enough to be politically aware, probably been on a few protests and listened and understood the political landscape all before my 17th birthday.
I’d been involved in disputes to gain a lunch room, showers, sick pay, compensation, overtime rates, safety shoes, overalls, adequate staging to stand on when working at heights, just to name just a few all now taken as granted by the today’s society.
Many of these “New Age” people have never fought for a thing in their working life, in fact they may have traded off some of those conditions fought with often actual starvation charity from fellow workers in support, knowing well if we won a dispute it would flow on to them.
It would be hypocritical of me to just blame our present society as they had to get their education from some where and that parental history often was ignored as they too rode on the back of the Union gains without loosing a penny.
They just took and often ridiculed the worker who did the hard yards and that is happening today by the majority now living on their Superannuation that was fought for in the branches pressuring the politicians to change living standards, and it really sickens me when people are totally ignorant of industrial history nationally and internationally.
At this point I do not discount one minute those who have chose to work for themselves, the entrepreneur, the person who takes a punt on his/her instinct or being in a family business, it’s tough I know, but that was my choice, my punt and like any punter you have to be prepared to loose too.
The inequality comes is when support is not proportional to the distance from the poverty line, and l now I hear the “socialist “ cries but if looking after the least equiped to survive is a crime then I’m guilty in trumps, and quite proud of it in fact.
The loss of education on how we built our living standard cannot be left to politicians as you will never get a balanced view, my education come from listening to the elders, the ones that saw progress from their pain not only in money but marriages and family ideologies.
They stood up and walked the walk, unlike today where if you went into a fight you have to have reservations on the person in the trench was prepared to hold the line or make a pathetic excuse check his shares or iPhone.
In closing it would be amiss of me not to mention and credit the women that stood by their man, run the house and kids lives as best they could, they gave the men and women on the streets the support and confidence that their fight was a good fight, and if that was to happen today would that character re-emerge?
I live in hope but………excuses come cheap and blame is important strategically.