So I went home and finished reading John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ in bed. (Dustbowl Oklahoma’s farming populating heading West in desperation, hitting both the worst and best of humanity). Stories from then mixed with life of now. Inequalities in Britain are greater than at any point since the nineteenth century, with over a million people considered to be destitute and rural England in the mix as much as anywhere.
Hope – or at least options – comes in my breakfast reading. Hilary Cottam’s ‘Radical Help’. Focussed on how we could remake the Welfare State, she simply exposes how we’re continuing to use systems designed a century ago to do a job that has completely changed. The challenge facing us all is how, when we know what to do, is can we get the drivers of these vast ocean liners to change course? In health, in education, in work, in political systems, even with climate change, humankind has the information we need to get out of the mess. But…..