Saturday, 9 March 2013

Equality

A friend's Facebook post: what 9 out of 10 Americans don't know caught my eye last week. The video it linked to is horrifying. In a stunningly simple way it shows how unequal society has become.

One percent of Americans own forty percent of America's wealth.


My first thought after watching was: is this the same in the UK?

My Thanks to Paul Croft for sharing evidence that the UK is not far off the inequality found in the USA:

http://paulcrofts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/distribution-of-wealth-in-uk.html

Our UK Government, supported by all three main political parties (Conservative, Liberal, Labour) keep saying with every new law they pass and propose that they are promoting equality in the UK.

My perception is that with every new law, the poorest and the least able to defend themselves in society are becoming worse off.

We the people need to take back the power and authority we have conceded to our government and say we have had enough of their equality that has resulted in the top ten percent owning forty or more percent of our countries wealth.

A quick search found several other links that I haven't had time to read yet but am noting them here for reference:

Policy commission on UK wealth distribution: get involved

Unequal Britain: richest 10% are now 100 times better off than the poorest

The Distribution of Wealth in the UK
by The Institute for Fiscal Studies 1994 (Quite an old report but interesting for comparison with current situation)

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