There is one thing that really winds me up and that is unfairness.
To me a person should receive a fair wage for a job. It should reflect their training, skills and effort. It should not be different because of your gender, race or geographical location.
I know we are a long, long way off but I would like to see a world where there was not the huge disparity between pay or huge inequalities.
The system has a life of its own. It is inexorably bulldozing its way around the world exploiting labour, exploiting natural resources and devastating the planet for profit. The people guiding this greedy lust for more and more are wealthy and powerful. They run huge multinational corporations and businesses. Their mantra is always escalation and they are never satisfied with how much they have. It is an addictive game. They always want more.
They live in a bubble where they compare the prices of their yachts, penthouses, jewelry, artwork and accoutrements. It is a world totally divorced from reality. They are cushioned from the misery and devastation this ‘progress’ creates.
The wealth generated by this greed is not dispensed fairly. In order to maximise profits they cut corners, keep wages down to a minimum and move companies to countries where they can exploit a cheap workforce and not pay taxes. The money is then creamed off into the vast vaults of the super-rich investors and owners.
The inequality gap is getting worse and worse. We are all grafting away to make a handful of people a lot richer – a group of people who do not care about the environment or the poverty left in their wake.
Instability, inequality, poverty, corruption and war are good. They create a climate where they can do business, get cheap labour and make a killing. They have no wish to make things work better and they buy off the politicians and lobby governments. They blackmail and buy off power. They are behind who gets elected.
Back in 1965 CEOs of top companies earned 20x the average of their employees. In 2017 that has risen to 300x the average. The inequality has risen a staggering 150 times!
During the years of austerity the top end continued to be paid their bonuses and receive their pay rises while everyone else suffered.
We arrive at a state of affairs where just 8 people own as much as the poorer half of the world while one third of a billion children live in extreme poverty.
While the super-rich swan around in luxury in multimillion pound yachts children live in sewage and die.
I don’t know about you but I find that hard to square!