A few months ago there was a vacancy at one of our large chain supermarkets in the city. As you know supermarkets don't pay well enough for a lavish lifestyle but I knew that hundreds had applied. Several hundred to be precise.
Out of these few hundred people I knew a few people who had applied.
One 17 year old boy living at home with his parents but in full time education.
One 18 year old girl living with her parents who is trying to save up to live with her boyfriend.
One 52 year old male who has a disabled wife to care for but has been looking for a part time job to keep his sanity.
One 55 year old man with a wife who was made redundant two years ago and is limited to what jobs he can take as they have had to sell the car.
One single parent lady who's husband left her and she needs over the 16 hours to qualify for tax credits but is only working 15 hours at the moment.
And a retired man who has left the forces.
Several graduates who can't find a job in the area they have a degree in and just need any job.
I bumped into the "Winner of the job lottery" the other day and he was saying how his new job was OK and how it was something to do, that he didn't need the money as he got his lump sum from leaving the forces and he had a good pension along side his wife's full time wage.
I hope he knows how lucky he is and I hate the way I'm sat here thinking who would be the most deserving person to have got the job.
How awful am I?
These are difficult times we're in and up until the election we will be force fed facts on how well the country is doing and how well the Conservatives have turned things around. Not that I think any party is better than any other but I don't need to be told all is well when I only have to poke my nose out the front door into the real world to know it's not.
I will now step off my soap box