Shocking, I know, but I’ve just realised I haven’t had a wash! And I’ve been out twice and walked the dog.
You see, I had to get out early and take my partner to work as we’re down a car at the moment. So just after 5am I virtually fell out of bed and into my clothes and went. It’s a twenty mile round trip and he starts at 5.45 most mornings. Today we got a lie in, he didn’t start till six! But for a girl who thinks getting up at 6.30 is gruelling it was a shock to leave the house at 5.25. I got back in time for breakfast before taking my teenager up to the village for the college bus. Another six mile round trip.
It’s times like this I know that when politicians get all righteous about everyone using public transport it’s just a load of ill thought out bullshit. It’s all right for them sitting in their cosy city offices with transport right outside their doors. But they have no concept of what it’s like for those of us who live miles from a bus that doesn’t start running till 7am. Cars are essential to our lives; we can’t all cram into the cities and towns. How else are we supposed to get to work especially if that work is in isolated places like the people I met on the road turning down isolated farm tracks to get to the vegetable producers and packers? How else are we supposed to get our kids to schools and colleges, when they’ve shut the local ones? Some kids have to be out at 7am to catch their buses, often after a car trip. It’s a hell of a long day when they don’t get back till 6pm.
We’re quite lucky. We have a village shop I can cycle to for provisions if necessary, another six mile round trip. But how do rural dwellers get to libraries, and hospitals and other shops without a car when this public transport the politicians get on their soap box about is far away and barely existent? And yet local facilities are some of the first to be cut back.
It is a heavy financial burden for us to run two cars, especially in an area where wages hardly support it, and we’re as reluctant as anyone to pollute. But cars are essential for rural communities, how we’re going to afford them is beyond me. ‘Cost of living crisis’ hardly describes it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12591472 Politicians need to step out of their uncut lives and see how the other rural half, devastated by the cutbacks, really have to live. We have to survive here; we’re not just playing at living in the country when we visit our second homes for a weekend!
Now I’ve got that off my chest, I’ll go and have a wash.