Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:06
Our society has developed in such a way, that the moment anyone reveals that they have anything at all, there's a whole industry out there determined to relieve them of it.
Give them half a chance and they'll strip you of everything you've got and everything you've borrowed to get.
Poor people are good targets for this. They are by circumstances often desperate. They are subject to every form of leverage known. Can't pay the rent? get out!
The wealth 'thing' is relative anyway. Go to some countries and the locals take one look and know you are rich. "But I'm not rich!", 'You're from Britain aren't you?', "Well yes, but I'm not rich".
'You're from Britain. You're rich!'.
The march shouldn't be about getting paid more. It should be about ridding ourselves of sharks.
Of course we are talking about 'relative' poverty. But don't you think that the poorest people should be able to participate in society?
And this government especially, is using our money to shore up companies and making sure that these are profitable. If they aren't, then we pick up the bill and pay to take the unprofitable bits back.Companies are not left alone to 'sink or swim'.
Please tell me how "the poorest don't participate in society"? What is "participating in Society" anyway? Helping your elderly neighbour by mowing the lawn, doing a bit of shopping, popping round on a cold night ot make sure they're ok?
I honestly don't get the politics of envy. I disagree firmly with directors of de facto monopolies, Motobility, Network Rail getting huge bonuses for turning up, but if somebody is very talented and works hard enough to get to the top of FTSE 100 company, why shouldn't he or she be well rewarded. Yes it is fair that they are paid so much, it is their input, their leadership of a company that may provide jobs for 1000s of others and through its share price provide for our pensions. If you see how many hours a relatively junior solicitor at a big London firm puts in, you might see their oay in a different light. If business isn't supported and encouraged, the business will go elsewhere, sure the jobs may be here but the corporation tax may be overseas. Without the private sector this country would be nothing, we'd be Cuba, North Korea or France.
Everybody, everybody has the chance to make it to the top, but few of us take it. Relatively speaking in the UK we are all wealthy, go to West Africa, India where ever and see how people live, THAT is poverty, not chuntering over whether to go for Sky Sports or Sky Moveis or an iPhone 6 or Galaxy 5.
This country could be fairer for all, but no political party will, IMO, do what is right for everybody, I believe Labour are as much in thrall of big business as they are the unions. Putting wages up isn't the answer, Tesco and the like won't absorb the cost of a minimum wage increase, they'll pass it on to you and me. What I'd like to see happen is fuel prices decrease as quickly as they rise with fluctuating oil prices, understand how Aldi and Lidl can sell me a cabbage so much cheaper than Tesco, why banking is so expensive, a train to Glasgow more expensive than a plane, how pay day lenders (usually to the poor) get away with it. Fixing things like this is more important that worrying about what a very very few get paid.