Life is so much eas­ier today — just ask my dad

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There seems to be a be­lief that by­gone days were hap­pier and eas­ier, but those of us who lived through them saw mat­ters in a dif­fer­ent light.

My fa­ther is 90, one of ten east end kids. his fa­ther was a cigar maker and, when he wasn’t sweat­ing for a pit­tance, had a mar­ket barrow in Pet­ti­coat Lane and an­other in Bor­ough Mar­ket.

Af­ter World War I came the De­pres­sion, slum hous­ing and the in­iq­ui­tous ‘call-on’ sys­tem at the Lon­don docks. Life was hard. Dur­ing World War II, my fa­ther spent two years in Burma, while back in Lon­don my mother was twice bombed out.

As for us baby boomers, we saw our electrician fa­ther, at the mercy of ra­pa­cious em­ploy­ers, strug­gle to pro­vide for us. Nev­er­the­less, we all sur­vived, un­like two of dad’s sib­lings, who died in in­fancy.

For or­di­nary peo­ple like us there were no phones or cars and no for­eign travel, un­less you were sent abroad to fight.

In the late Fifties and early Six­ties, we played on bomb­sites, hand- me- down clothes were nor­mal, for­eign food un­heard of, and on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noons and on Sun­days, ev­ery shop was shut.

Today we have a gen­er­ous wel­fare sys­tem, the Clean Air Act, food banks, CCTV cameras ev­ery­where, mo­bile phones and com­put­ers. And if I want to jet off to Spain or Dubai, I can.

Life for Joe Av­er­age is in­fin­itely eas­ier. Just ask my fa­ther.

TONy lEvy, Wed­nes­field, W. Mids.

My dose of id­iocy

SPorTS colum­nist Mike Dick­son (Mail) was right to call english ten­nis player Dan evans ‘a com­plete id­iot’ for us­ing co­caine. The phrase would have been apt for me many years ago, when I was in the eng­land squash team.

one evening in 1966, be­fore play­ing a match on a heated court, I took an am­phetamine sim­i­lar to the one that killed lead­ing cy­clist Tom Simp­son the fol­low­ing year.

Af­ter an hour on court, I be­gan to feel dizzy and then col­lapsed. A doc­tor di­ag­nosed a mi­nor heart at­tack. I never played se­ri­ous squash again.

Fifty years later, these pills are still killing young peo­ple. Yes, they tem­po­rar­ily give you en­ergy and con­fi­dence, but re­move in­hi­bi­tion, em­pa­thy and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Dur­ing the war, an am­phetamine called Pervitin was widely pre­scribed to Nazi troops. Nearly all mem­bers of the killing squads, re­spon­si­ble for ter­ri­ble crimes against hu­man­ity, took it.

It is time young peo­ple knew about the dan­gers of these drugs.

JON SMITH, Sur­biton, Sur­rey.

No joke

WhILe I ap­pre­ci­ate your ‘Straight to the Point’ let­ter ‘My col­league said Andy Mur­ray was not so good at play­ing on grass — not sur­prised, shouldn’t be smok­ing that stuff right be­fore a game’ may have been in­tended as a joke, I was dis­gusted by it.

Fur­ther, I would point out to any­one who might have taken it lit­er­ally that Andy Mur­ray’s great suc­cess is in no way con­nected to drug-tak­ing. JANE SAxON, Moresby, White­haven. miscreants gets you: in­jus­tice and more in­no­cent peo­ple in dan­ger.

M. BEN­SON, lon­don SE25.

Lean­ing Left is not right

The abuse of author­ity by a few schools and head­teach­ers who tried to in­flu­ence the out­come of the elec­tion should be pun­ished.

Any teacher try­ing to in­doc­tri­nate the young is un­fit for the job. It is a fore­taste of Labour in power. No ef­fort will be spared to brain­wash the young. The Con­ser­va­tives have mis­read the young and missed a trick.

JEFF BlUN­DEll, St He­lens, Mersey­side.

Manila essence

I kNoW it’s the age of aus­ter­ity, but can we splash out and give each mem­ber of the Cab­i­net a manila folder to keep their brief­ing notes hid­den from the cameras?

COlIN BOWER, Bar­ton on Sea, Hants.

Cor­byn’s staged act

I AM glad some­one has writ­ten in giv­ing an­other view of Jeremy Cor­byn at Glas­ton­bury.

My daugh­ter was there and watched the act be­fore him. When Cor­byn came on, the band tried to leave, but their exit was closed to al­low emer­gency ve­hi­cles to at­tend to a woman who had been hit by a de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle and bro­ken a leg. They were forced to stay, but saw many peo­ple boo­ing. Not quite the happy re­cep­tion re­ported by many.

Mrs SANDy DEAN, Wy­mond­ham, Nor­folk.

Blood clots

LIke rolf kitching (Let­ters), I was stopped from giv­ing blood but for dif­fer­ent rea­sons — I had reached 70!

I had given blood for more than 50 years and was in­tent on giv­ing 100 do­na­tions. know­ing my 70th was im­mi­nent, I made sure I did make my ‘cen­tury’ and was proud to have done it.

To be fit to give blood one day, but not the next, is lu­di­crous.

JOHN HyDE, Chel­las­ton, Derby.

Dog’s Brexit break­fast

IT SeeMS democ­racy has taken a back-bench seat in Par­lia­ment when it comes to Brexit (Let­ters). Most of the mil­lions who voted to leave the eU, I sus­pect, felt be­trayed the moment David Cameron did his dis­ap­pear­ing act and left his old ‘re­main’ cronies to pick up the pieces.

Theresa May sup­ports Cameron’s ridicu­lous edict that gives bil­lions in for­eign aid. Give us a Prime Min­is­ter who was on our side from the be­gin­ning and we might just see how ‘Brexit means Brexit’!

MAU­RICE BlIgH, Sit­ting­bourne, Kent.

Re­al­ity check: Tony Levy and, in­set, as he was as a boy

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