Letter: We must keep carrying on and live in hope

These words are dedicated to my friends of old with whom I am still in contact, who lived in Reading Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) between the years of July 1973 and December 1975.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 10:00 am

Sadly, we have to record that Mike Perfitt and Richard Score have gone to Glory and, for all I know, will be looking down upon our gathering in September in Birmingham.

I also wonder what they will make of us, and, more importantly, what conclusions may we ourselves glean?

In the era mentioned, we were young men and starting out in life in what was temporary accommodation: remember we were limited to three years at the YMCA

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However, we were a community and we cared for each other, because we were all in the same boat and we had the guidance of Christians.

How well I remember conversations with ‘Mick the Vic’ at breakfast, with talk of his membership of the Christian-Marxist Dialogue. The Reverend Michael Scott was a great influence.

The 1970s remain the best decade of my life, the only blot for me was May 4, 1979, when Margaret Thatcher came to power.

We in 2021 are now too old to live our lives with any doubts. We have lived for a long time and know what is wrong with our society and the lack of community where we live today.

Everything, including healthcare, is run for the benefit of capitalism. At least in the 70s, we had a mixed economy, one in which utilities, railways and more were in public ownership. Incidentally, a recent survey has shown that 80 per cent of the population want the railways to return to public ownership.

As I will soon join you in becoming a pensioner – yes, me, the baby of the group – 65 this November, I have to concern myself with the future of the NHS and social care as one thing we can be sure of is that we will decline with the passage of time.

Let us go boldly into the future, participate in our communities, and still believe that the best is yet to come?

While we may not see the fairness of socialism come to pass in our lifetimes as Michael Scott talked of, we must carry on carrying on and live in hope.

Adrian Rimington


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