I am particularly impressed when I see people shunning the requests to become a Vampire, grow a plant or populate an aquarium, and instead look to use it in an attempt to effect social change. So I was intrigued to notice that one of my school friends had joined a group called, “What [removed] Needs”. Of course, the [removed] is the name of my home town, but I am not giving you that, because of, well, the stigma.
This group claimed to have been set up as a forum for ideas to give to the local council, in the hope of making the town a bearable place to live. This was a good thing as far as I could tell.
Then I read the comments from the concerned locals who were hoping to make their environment better for themselves, their children, and their children’s children.
“How about a music shop or summat? We need an hmv!”
“I’d love to see us have our own KFC.”
“A cinema, but not one of those shit local ones. A big multiplex, at least ten screens.”
I particularly like the last one, a cinema with ten screens would obviously thrive in a town which only recently saw celebrations in the street when its first supermarket agreed to stay open past 6pm.
The comments also show a distinct lack of understanding of the role of Local Government. I have yet to hear of a local council meeting where the minutes were full of debate over which fast food chain would best serve the community at large. Or why access to cut-price DVDs and box sets is so limited.
And still they wonder why I left.