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March 2, 2021

Leadership please

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Some days I feel I’m under so much pressure. Rents are beyond insane. Prices go up, yet my customers are spending less and wanting more. All I hear is financial crisis in Europe and America. And then there’s climate change, war, crazy religions and the neverending race to keep up with change.

It all seemed to start around Y2K. George Bush came into office, the stock market crashed, there was war, housing prices collapsing, financial crisis, terror alerts, boat people, etc. Politicians everywhere seem to be getting it wrong and making total asses of themselves in the process. The rich are getting richer and the shit seems to get deeper every day.

Fear is taking over from common sense. I know it is wrong to frack, but what about jobs? I know we should not be pushing coal to the world, but isn’t that why we’re the ‘only’ country that isn’t in crisis? I don’t want residential houses used for tourism, but if we don’t have more tourists businesses will fail. I don’t want drunk people turning our little town into a fight zone after midnight, but they need to sell more drinks so people don’t lose their jobs so CCTV is right.

I don’t know the solution, but I sure wish someone would start taking on some leadership. I am exhausted by the fearmongering that tells me everything I believe is wrong or needs to be put on hold while we just get little more money selling out ourselves and our ideals. And I’m not even getting any of the money – I’m just getting the shit with an implied promise that one day it won’t be so shitty…

We have an opportunity to do things differently – don’t we?

Mark Oliver

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