For Jane Jones and all those in the 'Save Our Pool' campaign
John Lewis spends 11million pounds on their Christmas advertising.
Nick Clegg spends an estimated 10million pounds trying to persuade us to 'staycation' in the North.
Small villages in the valleys of South Wales are losing community services due to council cuts from lack of money like the one shown above [and many other places elsewhere throughout the UK] are losing community services due to council cuts from lack of money
So - what? Who cares?
What if John Lewis' Christmas TV advert was a black screen bearing the legend:
We have donated our £X million of our Christmas advertising budget to the following charities.......What if the Coca-Cola trucks were taking aid to underprivileged countries.
What if Nick Clegg/the Government's money for Northern staycations went on keeping some of the community services in small outlying districts all over Britain alive. What if then these communities could keep their libraries, community centres, swimming pools and many more social community services.
The photo above shows part of the placard from the 'Save our Pool' campaign for the South Wales village of Cymmer. This pool not only serves the residents of the surrounding areas but also provides the venue for the schools' swimming lessons.
Why am I so concerned?
My family come from the nearby village of Blaengwynfi and many years ago one of my father's cousins - aged 13 - drowned in a horrendous accident in the seaside town of Aberavon. There is a large memorial to him and his three companions in the Cymmer cemetery, built with money raised by the National Eisteddfod which was in progress in Aberavon at the time of the accident*. All children need to learn to swim. The closure of this swimming pool [and others] due to council cuts may mean many children may miss out on lessons.
Part of the blog title 'It's only money' is taken from the song - written by Phil Lynott & Philip Parris - of the same name. One of the verses comprises the following lyrics:
You try to make a buck
But you haven't made a penny
You need a little luck
But you know you won't get any
Sadly appropriate for many living under this coalition Government perhaps?
*Shown under 1932 on the timeline of http://www.historicalporttalbot.com/timeline.html