What occurred to me is that most of those looking to make a contribution share a characteristic in common. They are able, willing and opinionated writers on issues that matter to a lot of people. I have on occasion used some of their material as blogs. But that is only occasional: I am well aware that, for better or worse, this blog gets its character from the fact that it is my own stream of conciousness. What, though, in that case if those who write here regularly were to create a parallel blog? I would promote it here, with links. I might even, if permitted, write for it on occasion. The aim would, though, be to give others a bigger voice.
What to call it? That’s a detail to be sorted out, although I have some suggestions (well, one, actually).
It would need an editorial team and some people willing to moderate it.
It would require a modest budget to get it going, but I think a little crowd funding could sort that.
A budget. Yep, someone should pay for Carol Wilcox and Ivan Horrocks to write at each other. Why, this could be the start of an entirely new political party!
But it would be essential that editors undertake due diligence on writers: the chance that someone would try to infiltrate would be very high.
Don’t worry, I really wouldn’t bother.
“This is where neoliberalism has got us (amongst many other shite situations):
‘In parts of Croydon, south London, where developers have been given a free-for-all to convert old office towers into residential units however they like, some are just 15 sq m. The idea that you can fit a bedroom, kitchen, eating area and bathroom into 12ft by 14ft is frightening. I was told many years ago by a private developer in London to only buy a three-bed home with a garden, because that’s the one thing families want, and the one thing they were no longer building. Demand would soar because supply was non-existent. I took his advice, and he was right.
Today’s young adults are effectively being told that they must live in ever-smaller homes without gardens. Those in their 20s are already earning less than those in previous generations. They must put off starting a family until later in life. They cannot expect to buy their own home and must rent, instead. They must work until 70 to pick up a pension. And that pension will be less generous than their parents enjoyed.”
Horrocks hasn’t realised that it is the Curajus State insisting upon ever higher housing density.
Next non-Spud comment is inevitably from Wilcox.