Every now and again I am surprised by the things that make me smile, even when I am having a crappy time of it a little ray of light pops up and makes me think "you know things aren't always so bad".  In this case happiness is a spotty red toilet seat.

I recently broke the loo seat in our bathroom, no i wasnt tap dancing on it, I sat on it in the middle of the night and ooops the seat hinge just snapped.  I can't tell you the hilarity this caused, the other half was highly amused. But serendipity struck, we were going to replace the loo seat with an ordinary white one but as we wandered around Wilkinsons we spotted this wild red toilet seat with white spots, very much in the style of Minnie Mouse, although I won't be wearing Minnie Mouse ears to use it, I am however tempted by the hair bow.

We were however forced to buy a matching mat, toilet roll holder and toothbrush holder.... well, it would have been rude not to really! 

So in the new year there has got to be a revamp of the bathroom, I am thnking white walls (they are blue currently), with white and red lino, hopefully something with really small tiled squares and a new blind in red and white... we will see.

In the meantime everytime I open the door to the smallest room in the house a spotty toilet seat makes me smile... long may that continue.

With the country struggling along under the weight of the global recession it's tough out there for everyone.  I do find it highly amusing that when the current government came into power they used the whole "we're in this together" line to try and make us all believe they were on our side and now that the chips are down the truth really does come out.  Really the Conservatives have just not changed, its still a party of dissention and division, now trying to create division within our nation, pitting Private Sector against Public Sector. 

Why?  At a time when we should all be appreciating each other and understanding that we all have a place within society and we all have a role to play to get through, what is going to be, a very difficult trying time.

Demonising a specific portion of our society is not the way to go.

I was very supportive of the industrial action that the Public Sector took this last week, in my opinion they were pushed into an action that none of them actually wanted to take but felt that they had nowhere else to turn.

There is this attitude that the Public sector doesn't earn its way... but the truth is the Public sector isn't supposed to, the Public sector supports the Private Sector, the Public sector feeds the Private sector, without one the other would struggle to survive.  The Public sector provides the education, the medical support, the training, the infrastructure that allows the Private Sector to exist and prosper. 

The Public Sector is the foundation of our society and the people that train our future workers should be valued, supported and praised instead of bullied, demonised and blamed for the poor financial choices made by successive governments and the banking sector. 

A huge proportion of the Publc Sector are women, these attacks by the government are being aimed at women but then so far in the Conservative history when hasn't it been women they attack? Women are encouraged and bullied into going back to work before they are even ready, blamed for not leaving their children and taking on low paid jobs, women are blamed for leaving their children to go to work and for the subsequent behavioural issues that pop up from that lack of one to one supervision by a parent.   The blame for the large numbers of single parent families... you got it, laid at the woman's door. 

What this Government is forgetting that women are also their voters and that really these endless attacks on women will come back to bite them... in the ballot boxes.