Do you have a license to use that screwdriver?

Great Britain seems to be determined to be a world leader. A world leader in bureaucracy, legal procedure, paperwork and over-complicating seemingly straight forward and simply actions or requirements. Even tradesmen like builders nowadays face the unnecessary scrutiny of having to sit tests over and over again to gain “qualifications” before working. In fact to get on the building trade today we need a CSCS card which cannot be gained (for longer than six months at a time) without a basic health and safety card! If you do have a basic health and safety card or certificate your CSCS card can last for five years a time.

Certain building jobs are even asking for NVQ’s and obviously personal insurance against potential damages caused by the employee. You need a folder of paper work just to get a job on a building site nowadays. Why? Does it help the customer? Not at all in fact it leads to lower work quality because qualifications that can be gained over a few week period tend to be preferred to experience by many employers mainly due to the fact the qualifications are health and safety qualifications (not building) and therefore it looks better for the employer if there is an accident that ends up in court.

Moving house, renting houses, claiming benefits, finding working, running a car and many other every day activities are complicated to the point of ridiculous and extorted from. Why do the governments do this? The answer is simple. By doing this they are creating jobs, budgets and places to spend tax payers money. Who do they spend the money with? The contractors, the organizations that control the health and safety certificates and tests. Who are the contractors that control health and safety certificates and tests? People with friends in high places, people with friends in the government.

Many businesses and organizations would not even exist if it were not for the over management of potential workers. The government create the need for a huge workforce at a huge expense to the tax payer that is actually completely unnecessary. We are creating a box ticking society and not to help me, you or the potential customer but to cover themselves.

If only these businesses and organizations scrutinized the government the same way that they scrutinize the people. Maybe the Grenfell Tower fire incident would never have happened. Maybe dozens of tower blocks that have only recently been refurbished at a cut cost would not have to be demolished or altered due to health and safety concerns.

The smart phone generation will pay for its obsession.

Art created by Jacop Sempler

Living with teenagers can be a frustrating experience. I find many things about teenagers irritating but nothing irritates me more than the obsession many of them have with their smart phones. They sit looking at their smart phones so intensely for so long that you would think that they were reading a complex and scientific and spiritual explanation to the meaning of life. But they’re not they’re actually looking at pictures of their friends on Facebook, typing fake messages to people that they “don’t like” and crying out for attention and recognition among their equally as sad and pathetic friends.

I’m glad I am not part of this messed up, gadget obsessed generation and I fear for the future they have. Times and technology changes quickly I believe the next generation of parents could have more than irritating smart phones to content with. Virtual reality will take over and this generation of smart phone addicts will not be watching their children starring at their phones all day but they will potentially be watching their children wondering around in virtual worlds on the couch or in their bedrooms.

All sounds great until we consider that in the not too distant future we could plausibly have computers that hook up to our brain, this could make any interaction with users impossible as user sit appearing to be unconscious in their living room. Probably not that different to being around somebody that is constantly starring at their phones with hear phones but even more irritating I would say.

They won’t be watching on line porn they will be taking part in live online sex shows and shit and the poor parents will not be able to do shit about it as the weird slowly becomes normal. When is the time to stop or control dependence on technology? How long will it be before we are living in a virtual world and what would that do to the “real world?”