Inequality between the richest and the poorest is a man-made thing. Men have put it in place. Men defend it. Men can dismantle it.
A young person on a modern-day apprenticeship (learning skills that will make a day-to-day difference in our lives) earns just £3.30 an hour, £6300 a year. The starting salary for a banker (who shuffles money around whilst taking a percentage) is in the range of £35000 a year? Is that just?
Is it good that “the rich are 64% richer than before the recession, while the poor are 57% poorer”?
Where do you sit on the UK income scale?
- If you earn less than £10000 you are in the bottom 5%
- If you earn more than £21000 then you are in the top 50%.
- If you earn more than £35000 (starting salary for a banker) then you are in the top 25%.
- If you earn more than £68000 you are in the top 5%.
If it is right and just that the top 5% earn over ten times more than the lowest paid, then let’s enjoy our position.
If not, then let’s ask ourselves what we can do to make a difference.
And let’s make a new year’s resolution to start to make that difference.