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35 Nov 2022
editor@okcradley.com editor@okcradley.com editor: Ken Nason features editor: Harold Armitage

THOUGHTS FROM

THE BENCH

Is it my imagination or has the whole world gone mad? Never mind individual peoples mental health should we not be looking at the mental health of nations or more accurately the leaders of nations? I don’t know about you but I was brought up with a qualification that has held me in good stead all these advancing years but, unfortunately seems to be very conspicuous by its total absence from today’s thinking. Common sense! ( def: “good sense and sound judgement in practical matters.”) Come on people can anyone actually apply that definition to anything authorities do in today’s world? I think not. I was always taught that in applying “common sense” I would usually see if “things add up” and are therefore accurate and more importantly, truthful. Nothing it seems that we are fed from above ( now to include not only governments but multi national business interests) via a tame media propaganda campaign meets the common sense test. Perhaps this is why we have over a generation brainwashed to technology to not have to use “common sense” but what is fed them via their screens. “Why do I need common sense when it is all there from my phone”. When electronic calculators came out people could and did still use mental arithmetic ( worked out 12x12 in their heads). Those people instantly knew when they had pressed the wrong button and the answer was wrong. Now there are people who use calculations and unquestioningly accept the answer give. Such is the basis for today’s indoctrination of the masses. Now let us apply some common sense to one of today’s much complained about matters. Housing. Apparently there is a severe housing shortage in this nation which is of course exacerbated by such things as increases in population ( immigration) and demands from those who are not in the financial position to “ own their own home” Thatcher style. Surely common sense dictates we emulate a solution which was used to great effect many years ago on housing. After the second world war there was a massive housing crisis in this country and a quick solution needed to be found and was found. Building houses for the country is a long drawn out process even before the actual construction commences. Planning, costing, developers, profit margins. Is it any wonder that private developers prefer to build only houses that start at £300k and prefer the + £500k price tag? They only include “ social “or “affordable” housing on their developments because they have to by law but do all they can to deflect this obligation. What is wrong with updating and renovating the post war pre-fab concept ? With today’s advances in building techniques and materials surely it is not outside our skill set to produce a factory built utilitarian dwelling which can be erected on site in a matter of days. The only heavy traditional building would be drainage and services to the plots and traditional concrete foundations this could be replaced by building from mini piles (Alaska’n style). Once the prefab estate was no longer needed then returning the land to previous use would be relatively easy or utilising access roads to more expensive dwellings for sale. Of course uncontaminated brown field site could be utilised on a more permanent basis. You can of course buy a pre-built house from Germany but they only cater for the top end of the market but it can be done the technology is there just the will is missing. It has to be a total government financed social solution which could return rental income to the local authorities. History shows us that those pre-fabs of yesteryear far from being “temporary” became beloved by those who occupied them and in fact some lasted until after the year 2000. SO! what is actually stopping common sense solving this problem that faces us? Maybe it would start a success trend ( as opposed to our failure record) and actually get some solutions on the table and implemented rather than just hot air and promises.
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35 Nov 2022
editor@okcradley.com

THOUGHTS FROM

THE BENCH

Is it my imagination or has the whole world gone mad? Never mind individual peoples mental health should we not be looking at the mental health of nations or more accurately the leaders of nations? I don’t know about you but I was brought up with a qualification that has held me in good stead all these advancing years but, unfortunately seems to be very conspicuous by its total absence from today’s thinking. Common sense! ( def: “good sense and sound judgement in practical matters.”) Come on people can anyone actually apply that definition to anything authorities do in today’s world? I think not. I was always taught that in applying “common sense” I would usually see if “things add up” and are therefore accurate and more importantly, truthful. Nothing it seems that we are fed from above ( now to include not only governments but multi national business interests) via a tame media propaganda campaign meets the common sense test. Perhaps this is why we have over a generation brainwashed to technology to not have to use “common sense” but what is fed them via their screens. “Why do I need common sense when it is all there from my phone”. When electronic calculators came out people could and did still use mental arithmetic ( worked out 12x12 in their heads). Those people instantly knew when they had pressed the wrong button and the answer was wrong. Now there are people who use calculations and unquestioningly accept the answer give. Such is the basis for today’s indoctrination of the masses. Now let us apply some common sense to one of today’s much complained about matters. Housing. Apparently there is a severe housing shortage in this nation which is of course exacerbated by such things as increases in population ( immigration) and demands from those who are not in the financial position to “ own their own home” Thatcher style. Surely common sense dictates we emulate a solution which was used to great effect many years ago on housing. After the second world war there was a massive housing crisis in this country and a quick solution needed to be found and was found. Building houses for the country is a long drawn out process even before the actual construction commences. Planning, costing, developers, profit margins. Is it any wonder that private developers prefer to build only houses that start at £300k and prefer the + £500k price tag? They only include “ social “or “affordable” housing on their developments because they have to by law but do all they can to deflect this obligation. What is wrong with updating and renovating the post war pre-fab concept ? With today’s advances in building techniques and materials surely it is not outside our skill set to produce a factory built utilitarian dwelling which can be erected on site in a matter of days. The only heavy traditional building would be drainage and services to the plots and traditional concrete foundations this could be replaced by building from mini piles (Alaska’n style). Once the prefab estate was no longer needed then returning the land to previous use would be relatively easy or utilising access roads to more expensive dwellings for sale. Of course uncontaminated brown field site could be utilised on a more permanent basis. You can of course buy a pre-built house from Germany but they only cater for the top end of the market but it can be done the technology is there just the will is missing. It has to be a total government financed social solution which could return rental income to the local authorities. History shows us that those pre-fabs of yesteryear far from being “temporary” became beloved by those who occupied them and in fact some lasted until after the year 2000. SO! what is actually stopping common sense solving this problem that faces us? Maybe it would start a success trend ( as opposed to our failure record) and actually get some solutions on the table and implemented rather than just hot air and promises.
The Cycle of life?

pay bills & subsidy

ENERGY BILLS

POWER HELP

taxes

TAXES

POWER

SUBSIDY

power subsidy

GOVERNMENT

POWER SUPPLIER

WHY on earth ?