I think part of the problem is that expectations have got higher. My grandparents lived in council houses with outside toilets. My father has deformed feet where they were crammed into his older sister's cast off boots, because they were the only shoes they had.
I'm 49. In my life, I've managed without:
colour television central heating a freezer a fitted kitchen a phone a mobile phone a car (and certainly a second car) a video recorder (and then a DVD player) a computer of any description ready meals double glazing any Apple product any fast food, except for the local chippy
I've never been poor.,, and I'm not going to explain my point any further
I've never understood why inequality is such a topic of debate; if I have outgoings of £20k a year and I earn £20k after tax, I will have no savings. If I have outgoings of £50k a year and I earn £100k after tax, I'll save £50k a year. If I invest that at 5% after tax for 10 years, I've got £660k.
It's relatively easy to accumulate wealth if you earn a decent salary. Apples fall in orchards.
I don't think you can stop the rich getting richer without punitive taxes.
The issue then become preventing the poor from getting poorer. Personal opinion? Individual interventions tailored to individual people. Education, training, carrot, stick? Probably...
Had she have come clean and stated clearly how far she got in heels, there would have been no debate. As it is, she has certainly been 'vague', shall we say, and hasn't corrected people who have claimed she did the whole thing in heels.
The interwebs loves a good witch-burning or VMLM-cheat-pieing.