I am old enough to talk about what life was like ‘in my day’, but I have to warn you to take with a pinch of salt any comment that starts with those words.
In the first place I am not actually dead yet so this is ‘my day’ too and I shouldn’t disown it. And in the second, I always swore blind I wouldn’t go on about ‘the youth of today’ back in the 1950s when I was one of them.
If you listen to people of my age life in the 1950s was characterised by the fact that people valued the police and the youngsters had some respect. I am sure that people valued the police then and a lot of people value the police now.
I will mention that the terms bluebottle, plods, fuzz and filth were among the respectful terms used for the police in those days. I think the police often do a difficult and dangerous job; they are among the people who run towards danger rather than away from it. I do not believe they were universally respected in the 1950s.
And the respectful, well-behaved youth? Sorry. They are another myth. There were such youngsters and they may have even been a majority, but a large number of young people had rebellious attitudes and their exploits were recorded in the press at the time.
The phrase ‘beatnik’ comes from that era, and Google ‘mods and rockers’ to find what the media image of young people in the late 1950s and early 1960s was.
Press, pulpit and politicians berate the ‘feral youth’ of today. Look back and you will see that they were talking in exactly the same terms fifty years ago. And by the way, I am alive now to talk about ‘the good old days’ because of medical advances. In the 1950s I would have died from heart disease. Not such “good old days” then, from my point of view.
Derek McMillan, Horsham
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