Which Street do you live in? (2)

UK street has much the same profile as Earth street. The rich live at the top and generally have big homes in nice places. These rich people are easily mobile and can move if they feel their part of the street is threatened in any way.
By contrast those living at the bottom of UK Street are less mobile, they have little discretionary capital, they have low incomes, and generally little security.
The head of UK Street is democratically elected in a first past the post system and most of those who vote vote for modest change, either mildly left or right.
UK Street is highly developed socially and there prevails here a sense of fair play. Here the folk at the top of the street are concious that there are lots of people worse off but they are nevertheless uncomfortable with the idea of sharing wealth and paying high taxes.
Those at the bottom of the street are jealous of those at the top. They see it as impossible to move from their bottom of the street address. They see themselves as victims of the Bankers, land owners, and toffs who live at the top.
Many of the poorer people in UK Street believe that the decline in manufacturing and well paid jobs is not their fault and that the land owners and bankers have sold them down the river.
In fact street UK has passed on the dirty jobs down Earth Street to people in China and India Houses.
UK Street has been dragged into interfering down the street in other houses with fairly devastating consequences. The head of UK Street wants to maintain his house at the top and finds it difficult to afford. The blend of social conciousness and self esteem is impossibly expensive to maintain.
To live within its budget UK Street must either sacrifice its influence or its welfare responsibilities. By and large the Rich want to maintain influence on Earth Street whilst the poorer seek the comfort of the welfare state at home.
In the middle of UK street is a very large ‘middle class’ who are not so much passive as malleable. They are property owners in the main and many are of an older generation who lived and worked in an economy driven by manufacturing where they accrued substantial benefits. They are naturally jealous of their rights to pensions. The leaders of the street are very concious of this quiet majority who are fickle when it comes to voting.
The problem of UK street is that it is becoming progressively more difficult to move up the street. The rich are getting richer, the middle class is getting older, and the poorer and getting more detached from the mainstream because of the decline in manufacturing jobs, muddled education, and impossible polarisation of property ownership.
Whereas in the manufacturing era jobs were long term and well paid millions of jobs are now short term and poorly paid. The misguided subsidies supporting a low wage economy is home to roost, increasing minimum wage and decreasing subsidies aims at higher wages and lower welfare but without meaningful added value employment this seems a cosmetic and doubtful premise.

UK Street is sliding down the Earth Street and has moved painlessly (if you can call two world wars painless) so far from No 1 to No. 5 or 6.
Those who lead UK street have moved into an association of other streets in Europe where we have rich and much poorer neighbours. UK Street is not sure if it belongs here. TBC

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