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Monday, 14 November 2011

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More women were starting to go out to work in the 1950's, but most still stayed at home looking after their kids while the man of the house went out to work to bring home the dosh. My mum worked then but it was just extra pin-money from what was called 'home work'. There'd be big boxes of toy 'matchbox' cars delivered to our house twice a week from a firm called Lesney. She'd spend hours each day sitting at our kitchen table either fixing tiny wheels to them, or painting in the colours of the lights, red at the back and yellow lights at the front. From that job she turned to threading string through cardboard cut-out letters spelling the word 'Outspan'. Greengrocers would hang them in their shop windows to advertise their oranges. It paid a bit more than the toy cars - but it wasn't much.

By the 1960's a lot more women were going out to work, mum included. She got a full time job in a factory making leather handbags. But even in the 1960's most women still stayed at home. As far as I recall the state retirement age for men was 65.

Early in the 1970's Britain 'went decimal'. we were promised it would be better once we got used to the new money. My dad never did get used to decimal money. For the rest of his life he'd always turn it back into 'the old money' in his head.

None of today's computers back in those days. When did they really hit the workplace? Makes me wonder how the State Retirement age could be just 65 back in those times.

There's always been some unemployment. There still is today. Certainly people who do have a job today seem to be required to work a lot more hours than in the past, and of course there are now many more women who have full time jobs of work now. Add to that the great efficiency from all the computers and robotic machines now being used in the workplace. Had they been around then the country could have been producing the same amount of goods without people needing to work the hours they did.

So what's happened? Why is it that with all these modern computers and machines and technological progress we find that our country is now so short of money that the retirement age is being raised. Shouldn't it be going DOWN?

Let's hope nobody discovers free energy. Within a few years we'd find the State Retirement age having to be raised to ninety-nine!

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