Hard Words For Hard Times

Life’s Lessons 4 on Playing the Cards You’re Dealt


Bubb Blog fury erupted during the heat, thunder and lightning of the hottest days of summer.

The ghastly breakfast business appeared so superficial and insensitive to the poor and powerless on the receiving end, that it provoked an outraged response from those suffering grievously under the existing system.

It was horrendously divisive.  Charities and organisations sitting at the breakfast table were abused. How could they do it?  How could they be so remote from the concerns and experience of the poor bloody infantry?

However the immediate storm is passing and after a cooler break for reflection I’m going to say some hard Grannie things. After that I’ll shut up.

The Bubb Breakfast gang sitting down to coffee and croissants are all we’ve got. They’re not going to be moved on because we tweet and blog in fury. We’ve got to face it, they’re the cards we’ve been dealt. In the unlikely event any protest was sufficient to get somebody replaced, the replacement would probably be worse. That’s the reality of it.

People who are successes in today’s corridors of power have little time for academic research (except when it suits their agenda).
They work on business models, not those of public service. Charities are businesses too.

We have got to understand and acknowledge their mindset in order to achieve change. If our experience and study is going to have any impact at all, we need a strategy that can sell a better approach to the people sitting round that breakfast table and to others like them.

This is quite separate from the ongoing battle to bring those responsible for past and present mistreatment or neglect to account.  That is a long legal process to which everybody supporting JusticeforLB and JusticeforNico is committed.  But let’s not fool ourselves. This will be a matter of years.  It will be blocked, stalled and evaded at every stage.  Every dirty trick in the business will be employed. 

But if we stick to it doggedly, the impact of success (however long it takes) will be profound.  All of us, who know from our own families and friends of the huge deficiencies in care, recognise that until senior persons answer for this through due process of law, unacceptable practices will continue.

We need a two pronged campaign, one part to systematically publicise and promote best practice to the people who have the power to make policy decisions, and the other to continue to pursue those responsible for past malpractice through the courts.

So over to you, folks. 

I’m old and out to grass.