Hmmmm, seems to be a running consensus of opinion that wealth, especially excessive wealth, is the root of all evil and anything related to it is a bad thing. My opinion is a little coloured here as my business is geared towards dealing with (and selling to) the very wealthy, from my perspective they are the source of my income so it's hard to agree with this even if I agree with some of the sentiment expressed if not the arguments themselves.
I spoke to someone the other day spent the evening sat in darkness because they had no money for a leccy card, with no food, no prospect of work, no money for his kids xmas pressies and what income he got was via illegal means. And he's one of many doing the same thing or already in prison
should not be happening, in this country, in the 21st century, when there is such massive wealth, that is not being taxed or shared.
Clearly this is not right. However this idea of sharing is not one I agree with, tax yes, use the money to drive up educational standards and give everyone a better start in life yes, but share? Semantics I appreciate but share is the wrong word, a little too Robin Hood
Welfare and immigration is significantly to blame. There are always jobs, just lots of them are not very attractive so we allow immigrants to come in, accept low wages and take these jobs. Then welfare pics up the bill at huge expense and traps people in a situation very difficult to escape from.
Back to BJ there was one statement regarding this that I agreed with in principle, he could have used better wording but let's not get distracted by that;
"It seems to me therefore that though it would be wrong to persecute the rich, and madness to try and
stifle wealth creation, and futile to try to stamp out inequality, that we should only tolerate this wealth
gap on two conditions: one, that we help those who genuinely cannot compete; and, two, that we
provide opportunity for those who can."
We need a minimum wage that tracks inflation and stops both government and large business from exploiting low paid workers. Reduce immigration and definitely make sure that foreign workers aren't a 'cheap' solution - they aren't better skilled they just cost less, fix this and you fix a big issue. But don't stop entrepreneurs from getting rich and don't take away their privileges, just tax them and close as many tax loop holes as possible.
State schooling is a problem and until we pay teachers more it'll not be fixed. Removing independent schools is not the solution, that's just daft. You've got to remember that not all independent schools are Eatons, Harrows or Wellingtons, most are just good schools with good facilities - and bedrooms! but not necessarily better educational facilities than the better state schools. There are some very, very good state schools, we just need a government able to bring the poor performing schools into line. What was it Tony said? "Education, education, education". Spot on but as usual hollow words... Don't care who does it just do it already.