Are food banks doing well due to the recession or just the fact that they are there? Are those going, doing so as a result of bad choices, or chosing to spend their state handouts on no essentials instead?
No doubt there are some people in a desperate situation but this country has a safety net that costs us all a fortune.
The public sector wage bill is over £200 billion, a few % makes a big difference.
The country is still near bankrupt and spending well beyond its means, we cant go on splurging money we dont have.
But it's not their fault other people don't make the best of their own chances. Not the best, but we have world class education in the UK, anyone who wants to can get into Uni, there's an pretty open jobs market and if you're prepared to move and chase work there's a lot of opportunity.
If you've got the talent and or desire there are opportunities out there. We're seeing more and more people prepared to come to the UK to take these opportunities and that's what's driving down wages, a sustained 250k net immigration per year.
It's the market which drives wages, someone has to pay the wages, it's business and eventually the consumer. Opportunity isn't going to land on your doorstep you have to look for it, work for it, people need to drop the sense of entitlement or that they should have a piece of what others have worked for, stop resting on their laurels and make things happen. If you're not happy with your wages, retrain, get another job, move.
400 remaining London based developers havnt had a pay rise for 2 years and want £22 an hour, cleaners want are on strike and want a living wage. Inflation is increasing due to wage rises across the economy, interest rates are up making it more expensive to invest. Increased business, tax regime / operational risks.
Planned 100 new London jobs on hold, alternate overseas/offshoring opportunities now under consideration. Madrid chamber of commerce pitching favourable relocation/grant package.
Pure greed I'm afraid, if your reading this on a computer you're in the global 1% rich list. If you genuinely believe in redistribution are you happy to give up 90% of your wealth to bring the 99% below you to a more equal level, are you happy to see the price of goods made in China triple so they get a living wage to?
You are really not in danger of being in any kind of 1% yet you are quite vehement in defence of this 1%.
There has clearly been a stagnation in real wages in recent years. There has also clearly been an increase that accrues to the very top of the wealth/income %. the share of income that goes to the very top has increased. That widening gap is going to be a bigger problem.
Perception of class has got nothing to do with it. But perhaps the burden on the middle class might be reduced if the very top at the wealth/income strata paid a fair share. the people taking money off you are not the undeserving poor/immigrants, it's very tax averse wealthy.
For instance, Osborne announced how he was going to collect billions in tax from Britons who hid income in Swiss bank accounts. Well ehat happened. did he collect billions?
Her's what he let those people do. They nominate an account to declare to the UK revenue. That account might have £1 in revenue which gets taxed. All the other income stays hidden.
You can be super rich, be resident here and pay a fixed charge of tax irrespective of your income.
Perhaps you don't have enough wealth to put in a trust structure, but perhaps you should understand how many people hide their money there. that's even before you get to google and starbucks and the rest of the corporates who think they should pay no tax.
Politics of envy - really? Perhaps you should understand the length people go to pay no tax.
Im not defending the 1%, im explaining how global economics work and that there isnt a magic bullet so solve inequality, I also pointed out that most people in the UK are in the global 1% so if you truly want to go after global inequality and break down all barriers, spread the wealth you better be ready for a significant drop in living standards given most of the worlds population aspire to UK living standards of the 19th century.
Except via the EUs blunt teeth and Swiss wiliness to assist, there isn't a whole lot the UK can do about money in offshore accounts.
Sheltering money / tax avoidance isn't something new or illegal, its something the rich/business have the means to do in globalised markets. Its something many less well off people and all business do or would do given the opportunity, who doesn't use the duty free shops at the airport?.
Situations with Amazon, Google etc are far less than ideal but is there a lot we can really do about it without driving the business away. This is the reality of globalisation. We can bit of our nose to spite our face, there isn't a silver bullet or easy solution.
Do we want a large Google or Amazon footprint in the UK and the employment it creates or would we prefer to drive the business out of the country. Google's new London HQ is at the centre of the regeneration of Kings Cross / Camden, the forefront for a new tech quarter in London which will support 100,000 tech jobs and presents a massive opportunity.
If you were running a software development company competing globally, would you employ developers in the UK at £20 an hour, Zurich at £30 an hour or Puni at £2 an hour. Would you HQ your operation in London, Mumbai or Sydney?