A frustrating week for many reasons and a busy day to end it, so here’s a quick round-up:
I’ve signed a couple of petitions this week, they’re poles apart in many respects but both are issues that I’m personally interested in.
The first was prompted by my post earlier this week about how my career-carer juggling act had stumbled as I struggled to keep all the balls in the air.
I received a comment (and a helpful subsequent email) from Rosemary at Carer Watch, complete with a link to a petition calling on the Prime Minister to withdraw the proposal to transfer carers on carers allowance and income support to job seekers allowance.
There is also a request for the Government to recognise carers’ valuable social input by keeping carer benefits separate from the rest of the benefit system.
I’ve been disappointed with all our main political parties, who seem adept at saying the right things as regards the 6 million carers in the UK and failing to back the warm words with realistic policies.
It is asking the Government to require the UK’s train operators to provide an integrated system for the carriage of bicycles and ensure there is adequate capacity available.
I get my own bike back today after several days away being serviced and getting a general overhaul. I’ve missed it.
(Pic from RachelCreative)
One of the reasons I think I’ve struggled this week is that I haven’t enjoyed my early morning bike ride, which helps get the blood pumping and focuses the mind on the day ahead.
Elsewhere, I’m looking forward to reading the United Nations’ criticism of the UK’s attitude towards children.
From imprisoning 10 year-olds to serving dysfunctional families up as prime-time entertainment through programmes such as Supernanny, the UN isn’t impressed.
Neither am I, we’ve been failing children for far too long.
The BBC has released a script from the 1970s for broadcast during the event of a nuclear attack and details of the discussions that took place on the need for “calm authority” in the face of such a crisis.
These days, of course, we have far greater access to news and information.
But does that mean we wouldn’t need the sort of calm, reassuring and authoritative broadcast that was planned 30 years ago?
And I’m indebted to Richard McComb, columnist at The Birmingham Post, Stevie Wonder aficionado and all-round decent chap, who entertained me throughout this week with tantalising glimpses of his Funky Chicken.