The “Dandelion Index” shows the terrible state of our economy
20 May, 2010
A foreign visitor remarked to me recently that he had never seen so many weeds, particularly dandelions, growing on the side of our roads and on central margins . He wondered if the local government workers employed to spray weedkiller were on strike.
I suggested two possible reasons: the laughably-named “work to rule” by public servants protesting at pay cuts; or that local authorities had run out of money to pay for the weeds to be controlled properly.
Either way, it’s indicative of our slide into quasi-third-world status. Surely the detrimental effect on local communities and on tourism suggests that not spraying is a false economy?
Strange that it took an outsider to point out the obvious to me; I suppose I had gradually become so used to the unkempt appearance of our public roads that I had ceased to notice how bad they were. But now I see the blasted weeds everywhere. And In them I see an unsightly metaphor for the dereliction that has befallen our economy.