Monday, August 15, 2011

Gone Fishing

With several airshows to cover  across the south of the country this week, I'm 'sort of' on a busman's holiday, although I think the last proper holiday I took was back in 2007 and I've still got a TDC meeting to attend this afternoon.

Tuesday is the press day for the Dunsfold 'Wings & Wheels airshow which looks like a lot of fun for anyone planning to visit the Top Gear testing track. Next weekend also sees the big  Shoreham Airshow, which is always packed and further west this week we also have the Bournemouth Air Festival and Dawlish Airshow.

I think we've done the subject of last week's riots to death now and it's very much up to the politicians and the police to come-up with a solution that reverses the damage of the last twenty to thirty years done to inner-city communities by a series of well-meaning but misguided Government policies and a society that has steadily lost sight of its moral compass.

The really big question surrounds jobs and opportunities for the young and for those not qualified enough or financially capable of making their way through university. Once upon a time, a university degree was a passport to a career but that's no longer so. Young people that didn't go to university used to find office or banking or factory jobs but these have now been lost to China or India or even Mexico with the call centres and cheap labour. So where does that leave us I wonder as jobs, even skilled jobs, are outsourced, off-shored or simply automated out of existence?

Europe's politicians, in the middle of their own crisis, really have no firm idea of how to meet the challenge of globalisation as the planet's economic centre of gravity slips towards Asia. Once I even asked Mr Barraso the European president what the answer might be and he couldn't offer an answer, other than pointing at the Lisbon Agenda, which has, in retrospect, failed miserably in meeting its objectives: "Sustainable growth and employment are Europe's most pressing goals and underpin social and environmental progress."

The fact that Britain still lies outside full European union gives us a ray of hope that we can fix our own social problems but the remedy won't be without pain and soul-searching and many might ask whether we have the time to fix the deep-rooted problems of a generation, as populations rise and pressures increase.

1 comment:

mingles4all said...

Best sit down - I pretty well go along with everything you say here. Maybe the biggest destabilising factor in the world is the varying living costs. When everyone worldwide has a minimum wage of £10 per hour rather tha per year then we will be nearer a solution. Oh, and fully convertible exchange rates rather than having your own currency artificially maintained to keep your exports cheap elsewhere as the Chinese do.