I’d be lying if I said that NaPoWriMo Week 2 has run smoothly. Margaret Thatcher died on Monday and my timelines have been ablaze with articles, opinions, debates, anecdotes and rants. It’s been a distracting week.
Personally, I wasn’t a fan of Thatcher or Thatcherism and the news of her death and the ensuing brouhaha came in the same week that welfare benefits for the working-age poor and disabled were cut by £19bn. As someone raised in a family which depended entirely on State benefits for income and housing, I know that these cuts will impact significantly on the lives of vulnerable people, especially children.
So, I’m trying to focus on those cuts, rather than on a glut of varying opinions, each backed up with reports and statistics. I’ll leave the job of mourning Margaret Thatcher to her family.
I’m up to date with my poems – just. Next week I intend to switch off the internet for part of each day – it’s the only way I’ll stay on course.