Conditions today really not that bad
Published 06/12/2010 | 05:00
We can get ourselves out of this economic situation, as we are way better off than we were in the past.
I left an orphanage in 1959 aged 16. I got a job as a clerk in the accounts office of a major store, earning £1.30 a week. My flat cost £1 a week. I made a pot of stew on a Saturday and ate a bowl every day. I bought penny bars to fill the gaps.
The condition of the flat I lived in was inhuman. You put the key in the house door and opened it slightly to let the rats scurry before you ran like hell to your flat. There was no heating. You wore as many clothes as you could to keep warm.