Income inequality has been growing for decades in the UK, extensive evidence reveals. In recent years, so-called ‘austerity’ has served as a smokescreen for even more wealth to be transferred to a handful of millionaires.
As we enter an election year perhaps the real issues may be smuggled onto our television screens via comedy and entertainment, whilst the news media which is supposed to inform us simply keeps the debate within certain parameters.
I’ve been re-reading ‘A Christmas Carol’, and the way it resonates with present day Britain is quite remarkable. As Christmas approaches, Scrooge sits in his counting house, as he does every day, obsessed with his accounts and balancing the books, untouched and unmoved by the poverty all around him.
Before coming to Ekklesia, I worked for many years in social care. I loved the work (mainly in services for adults with learning disabilities), though it was not without challenges. The biggest of which, was the constant scrabble to make money stretch as far as it could. Though this was less evident in the times of plenty than it is in today’s Austerity Britain, I’ve never known a year when we weren’t asked to do a little bit more for the same amount of money. A trend which in the last few years has shifted towards being asked to do a whole lot more for a whole lot less.