One of Charles Dickens’ best-known creations, Wilkins Micawber appeared in the 1850 novel David Copperfield.
Mister Micawber entered popular culture as a character known for asserting his belief that “something will turn up”.
His name has become synonymous with someone who lives in hopeful expectation and what has become known as The Micawber Principle based on his observation in the novel that ..
“Annual income 20 pounds, annual expenditure 19 pounds 19 shillings and six pence, result happiness. Annual income 20 pounds, annual expenditure 20 pounds and six pence, result misery.”
It seems to me that regardless of your personal situation, even in offices full of professional people, the principle is true, if your spending exceeds your income, then even if you can steal from Peter to pay Paul for a while, eventually if you don’t change it then misery will result.
Have a look around you, walk down your city street and look at the cases where this is as true as it ever was, not just the people living on the street and God knows that there is more of them, but families on low income where expenditure on food and fuel is increasing and tipping the critical balance between happiness and misery.
I see it on their faces, families on the train or at the shops, borderline cases, dad and mum in worn-out shoes, dated clothing, just to make sure their kids have a school uniform.
When I was a kid, that was me, it was everyone I knew, we were poor only we didn’t know it then as we were all in the same boat.
I look at these families and I wonder, have we not progressed, have we not moved on?
I feel for them, I wish I could do more, but you can’t help everyone, not individually, you need a government that helps the poor, not the banks who have conned us for years, not the energy companies who are ripping us off with false markets.
Didn’t you know that the deregulation of the energy markets introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s Tory Government back in 1998 was all about making more profits for the energy companies and not for the consumer?
That today in the UK, the big 6, operate a cartel on the energy trading markets, buying their electricity from their own legally separate but fully owned generation and distribution companies at inflated prices so that they can tell you the consumer that they are only adding on a small profit to prices set by the market?
Well it’s a false market and they lied to you, they are currently lying to you.
How can they continue to raise fuel prices when all around us people are falling into the poverty gap between misery and happiness?
Haven’t you sussed out government yet?
They will always lie to you .. ALWAYS.
They lie about their expenses, their directorships, their earnings from alternative sources.
If anything makes me want to say YES to independence for Scotland, it is to get away from a lying Tory Government, who care more about business than people, Who although voted in by the people of the UK has no seats within Scotland, that is unrepresentative .. it goes against the adage from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address of “Government by the people, for the people”
I like that,
Would a Scottish government be any better? Not with Alex Salmond at the head as he is one sniveling faced little sh1t.
But, if the Scottish people say YES to independence, then there will be a post-independence Government and although there are no guarantees that this will be perfect, it will be more socially caring and accountable than those thieving MPs down south.
Right now, I’m still a NO because I don’t know what I’m getting .. but that is largely based on FEAR of the unknown.
However, I do know what I won’t be getting .. no more Tories .. so I’m swithering, this might be a chance that doesn’t happen again.
So rather than relying on the Micawber Principle that “Something will turn up”, I’d rather that I made a decision that brought government closer to the people, a decision that puts my destiny and that of my fellow countrymen and woman in our own hands.
So should you.