Winter of discontent
I don't wish to be overly dramatic, but I think the most visible
sign of the crisis will be families freezing and starving in the
dark in many parts of our region this winter. More working poor
people who, until now, have supported themselves with no income
at all, and with no alternative sources of support. For them, the
economic crisis will mean misery and stunted lives. It will, in
time, generate an intensifying social crisis, as whole communities
are plunged into a poverty culture that is very difficult to escape.
For every individual or family that emigrates -God only knows where-
to find a job, dozens more will be forced into appalling living
conditions and long-term economic marginality.
Published in the Connexions Digest #53, January 1991.