The Good Old Days!
What people mean by the Good Old Days is often controversial. Here are some of the possibilities:
- When the lower orders knew their place and kept to it.
- Before homosexuality was decriminalised.
- When couples married and didn’t beget bastards.
- When by working hard you could pass your 11+ exam and benefit from a good Grammar School education.
- When the harder you worked, the luckier you became.
- When only those who were clever enough and worked hard enough to deserve a university education were offered one.
- When all infants were potty-trained before going to nursery school.
- When all children could tie their own shoelaces unaided by the time they started primary school.
- When all children could walk to and from primary school unaided and unsupervised.
- When all children could hold and use a knife and fork correctly well before they left primary school.
- When it only took the 'threat' of a caning by the Headmaster to ensure good behaviour, with it only being implemented in exeptional circumstaces, which successfully reinforced the power of the threat.
- When it only cost a penny to spend a penny.
- When we still enjoyed freedom of speech.
- When no-one would ever have laundry hanging out to dry on a Sunday.
- When children were brought up to take "No!" for an answer.
- When no man or woman would set foot outdoors without wearing a hat.
- When children wore uniforms whenever going to school, always including hats.
- When no child would ever occupy a seat if an adult was left standing.
- When no man would ever occupy a seat if a woman was left standing.
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