Considerably richer than you..and you…and you

I attempted to swim half of the total distance that I need to cover on Saturday for Sport Relief yesterday and finished feeling exhausted with a throbbing headache and no desire to swim another length let alone another 50. After putting the kids to bed later, it was all I could do to swallow let alone talk to my husband, partly down to too much chlorine intake and partly down to the cold virus that has been gaily hopping around our family like its on a booze cruise. So forgive me for not blogging last night, another pound in the pot to Unicef in off-line fees. I know I don’t need a throat to write a blog but my brain was as inspiring as a blank blog post, the words just didn’t want to come forward.

So I am on go slow this week to conserve energy for Saturday. Today something popped in to my work inbox that made me prompt a good blog tonight. Its the latest report from Oxfam on inequality in the UK and how five UK families have the same wealth as 12.5 million people. It does make you question all the hard work we put into fundraising when you think all it would take is a few modest (to them) donations from the country’s richest and a lot of charities could make some real progress for their causes.

Charity is, after all, a voluntary re-distribution of wealth, so why not encourage everyone in society, no matter how rich or poor to either donate time or money or both to helping causes out. For those unable to get a job, helping out a charity would give them valuable work experience. For those so moneyed they have lost touch with the real world, time spent with a charity will put them in touch with real people and maybe inspire them to invest in a cause that could help solve some serious issues.

I watched a programme about billionaires and how they became billionaires. One chap said the more people you help, the more money you make – a mantra that he has passed on to his children who now run successful social enterprises. If only more billionaires had that approach to life.

Going back to the Oxfam report, they debate the best approach for society and look at countries such as Sweden and Japan who have fairly equal societies compared to the UK and US. Some economists argue we need the mega rich and that re-distributing wealth is bad for the economy. Of course I disagree and feel that as the gap widens in the UK between the rich and poor, the Londoners and the rest of the country, there is a driver for this trend and it is in the shape of George Osborne, David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the Tories at large – before any changes can be made its time for this lot to be discarded on the political scrapheap where they belong.

God knows who we would replace them with though….another white middle-class Eton educated man who will please men over 60 and Daily Mail readers? Where is a black gay woman when you need one at the top?

I am blogging every day to raise money for Unicef – donate here.

Thanks for reading.

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