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Saturday, November 19, 2011
In Recognition of Our Subscribers from England
Those of you who know me well know that I attended school in England as a young teen and that my mother was British. Even though she lived most of her life in the US, she chose never to relinquish her status as a British subject. England will always be a place of which I am fond. It's been a surprise for me to see that of the nations who have been most enthusiastic about regularly checking the material of this blog, that England has been one.
Many changes have occurred in England in the past few years. The England I remember was incredibly well organized. It was orderly and incredibly neat. The last couple of times I have visited, there were many surprizing changes. Privatization of many services, poor maintenance of general infrastructure, and unreasonable numbers from an influx of refugees from many lands has left England struggling to pay for its National Health Service and for other services, that British people began to take for granted. (I do not oppose foreigners entering, but what I am saying is that England is a small island and that their national absorptive ability was overrated.. They accepted unreasonable numbers of refugees to a point at which they are unable to assimilate, employ and feed all of them.) My very last visit to England was difficult. My aunt had died and I was there to settle her estate and pay some expenses. I found the system to be very inflexible and difficult, even WITH a solicitor, the English equivalent to an general attorney sans litigation.
Since then, my friends there have left the city and suburban areas , and live rurally attempting to grow whatever they can to eat. Many people in England are deeply worried about the potential economic collapse with food shortages. Sadly, the nation which organized and did so well in Churchill's day is having trouble organizing and meeting needs in a much less homogenous society than it had then.
If you are in England now, I share your concern, and hope that something in this blog resonates with you, and helps you in your quest to organize yourself in order to take care of your families. The English face some special challenges as many homes have limited storage for preparedness, so some things are challenging. Know that I am thinking of you when I write some of these posts. Best wishes.