A stopping, a halting, a reflecting is required of us in a time of galloping events. According to the Levelling Up ministry, the latest figures for street homelessness show a 26 per cent increase in two years. So here is a government source admitting that their plans to get rid of street homelessness by 2024 are unlikely to be achieved. It’s an emergency, and one of many.
Covid and inflation continue to undermine the authority of government actions and intentions. Our social fabric is being eroded because of the pandemic’s bitter legacy, and inflation seems to make social planning a mere unpalatable irrelevance.
We are being screwed by the Ukraine war which is making more people in the world poor because of inflation. Covid has decimated the ranks of those at the lowest pay margins. And yet, this new reality is not being grasped. The government shows no urgency in bringing this emergency into focus. Before Covid and the Ukraine war there was Brexit, whose costs echo and resound through all of our current crisis and needs. But there is no cogent analysis of the current emergencies and needs that we can bring to bear on strategising for solutions.
There is no ‘war cabinet’ mentality: ministers seem to be continuing on their merry time-honoured way when what is needed is strong central strategic coordination – even though the Ukraine war is changing everything in terms of the geopolitical world order. Even though inflation is throwing up more poverty than any other event in the last 100 years.
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And add to the above the erosion of the environment that throws up increasingly unpredictable weather, drying up our tomato supply, not to mention our cucumbers.
A 23,000 increase in the number of deaths brought on by the clogging up of hospitals and their A&E departments makes us feel we almost live in a war zone. Yet where is the strategy from central government to make the most of resources, and the use of emergency powers to lessen the damage being done to society?