Sunday, May 06, 2012

Protest Day

You know, Europe is not the only place which seems to be having it's fair share of protests. Our city's elected are also getting it in their collective necks for taking so long to rebuild peoples homes. It's pretty much all "Central Business District" that appears to have the priority. I accept that there is a balance to be had but at this time the 'balance' is only in the favour of the companies, the insurances and the fat cats.

I am all for shops and offices - but not at the expense of people who are living in garages, 'couch surfing' or sleeping in their cars at night! Like many, many others in the city we are still having to pay full rates for houses we cannot live in and some people cannot even access their homes. I applaud the actions of those who highlight the plight of our citizens who are in dire straits. The elderly, some as old as 80, are being told to get a mortgage to finance a move if they can't afford it. This is utterly outrageous. The council and CERA must re-home these people as a priority.

So, as the city plants the seed of protest for social improvements (and what place in the world has never done that eh?) I also managed to plant some of these in pots as I'm not convinced that I will be in a new home by Christmas or spring time!! I might take bets on what comes up first, my bulbs or my house!


Steve said...

It is a foolish government that ignores the complaints of its people.

Marginalia said...

I suspect that the business in your business centre have more clout with the insurers and your city fathers than individual house owners.

If that is the case then it is the responsibility of the city officials to ensure that it's citizens needs and priorities are met first, not those with the greatest leverage.

Isn't that what the post quake regeneration bodies that were set up are meant to be doing.

They should know that is their responsibility. They shouldn't have to be told thro' protest.

Anonymous said...

oh ! much success upon their demands. wishing you all a good start into the new week.

louciao said...

May those seeds of hope flourish and bloom into comfort and joy...before it's time to be singing "oh tidings of comfort and joy."

The Poet Laura-eate said...

All power to you in your totally justified protests! Outrageous indeed that mortgage companies etc are behaving in such a way. Surely they are supposed to compensate people for their losses enabling them to move on.

The Sagittarian said...

Steve - Indeed!

Marg - They are corrupt and greedy!

Robert - Thanks, it will be a hard road.

Louciao - Here's hopin!

Poet - lovely to see you here, and yes you are sooo right. But they all seem to have their noses in the trough!