Stop whining and look at the bigger picture my friend

People just like to moan don't they!

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 23rd February 2017, 6:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 9:34 am

I don’t mind a wee moan if there’s merit but some people bleat too much and no matter what you do you just can’t win.

A good friend of mine is one of these people. He has many flaws like the rest of us, but one that really does my head in is that he can be a perpetual whine.

He’s like one of those old guys from a talk radio show who say things that they know will offend someone just so people will call their show to argue with them.

And he also is under the false illusion that he has a keen knowledge of all worldly affairs when in reality knows knack all about knack all.

While the majority of the reasonably minded people disagree with most of what US President Donald Trump says or claims is truth – no my friend is not Piers Morgan – he backs him up, or tries to, and won’t back down no matter what argument you throw at him.

One of the other things we were debating recently was the rise in council tax which he wholeheartedly disagrees with. “Why should I pay more?”, he whines.

“Well, the money will be used to protect local services that you and I use,” I tell him. “But the government has already put council tax up, how can the cooncil do the same?”.

“The government rise affects only some people in bigger houses, not you I might add, whereas the council one affects everyone.

“But the services we get for paying the cooncil tax is rubbish, why should I pay more? Roads and pavements are full of holes, libraries and leisure centres are closing down, there’s litter everywhere, cemeteries are falling to bits and don’t get me started on the bins!”

I think he just answered his own question.

I don’t mind paying a little more to secure decent services, however, both the governments who rule over us need to start investing more in our communities.