The Johnson’s wanted £850 per roll gold wallpaper in the Downing St flat having sneered at the John Lewis stuff left by Theresa May. However, the idea that they should pay for it – as per the rules – seemed to appal them. Boris Johnson tried to get a Tory donor to foot the bill (and wanted – apparently – someone to fork out for childcare for the latest addition to his un-numbered spawn).
‘Sir’ Philip Green clearly felt he was entitled to a bigger yacht and asset stripped BHS including wiping out the pensions of long-suffering staff – some of whom had worked for BHS for decades. See my post Does Sir Philip Green kick disabled kittens? 'Sir' Phil was not stripped of his title despite complaints - and one can only assume its becasue the wealthy/powerful find this behaviour entirely acceptable.
Jimmy Carr who famously was caught out tax dodging – despite being a wealthy man from a privileged background with a successful career, nevertheless recently threw victims of The Holocaust under the bus in order – it seems – to draw more attention to himself and his Netflix show. More attention = more money. And while – as they all do – he gloated about being ‘cancelled’ in fact he predicted it with a relish that revealed a deliberate ruse to gain attention as cheaply as possible – and I use the term CHEAP here in all its meanings.
Last week, Naomi Long, the leader of the NI Alliance Party pointed out that the DUP, currently holding Ireland to ransom over the NI protocol, are refusing to take their seats in Stormont. They are refusing to start working on the long list of social problems facing ordinary Irish people. They did, however, rock up long enough to sign for and collect their salaries. No one is suggesting that an MPs salary on its own would make someone wealthy but compared to many of their struggling constituents they are doing well from the public purse – while paralysing the country.
Tory MP Lee Anderson while celebrating foodbanks (!) claimed that the real problem is lack of cooking skills. He deliberately ignores the massive rise in the prevalence and use of foodbanks since the Tories came to power and the rise in numbers forced into poverty and the disaster of Universal Credit etc. And, while taking the Dickensian approach blaming the ‘undeserving poor’ this guy claims – on top of his MP’s salary – hundreds of thousands of pounds in expenses. Check out my post – Bad memories of political bullying
Rishi Sunak – who has been a previous subject on this blog – is presiding over benefit cuts and a rise in poverty and destitution and a cost of living crisis while enjoying extreme family wealth. Nevertheless, the Sunaks went to some lengths to ensure that none of that money ended up - via the legal tax system - anywhere near silly projects like the NHS or schools.
And don’t get me started on all the nonsense surrounding the Jubilee. Put aside the racism and the clear royal preference for Prince paeodo over a strong black woman (Monitoring the skin tone of Megan's baby ) – some of those employed by one of the wealthiest women in the world earn just below or barely above the Living Wage. You think folk would be freer with money they hadn’t actually earned themselves. But no. The well-off are cheap and the rich are cheaper.
There is more than enough to go around at least there would be if a handful of entitled, privileged, greedy, corrupt, people didn’t hoard excessive amounts of money and resources and then feel entitled to even more.. .
They rich are so CHEAP.
The richer they are the cheaper they seem to be and that is the real sickener in a world where the struggle just to survive is getting harder and the wealth gap is now a chasm.
I said a couple posts back that I’d post a clip if I managed to get some footage from my short set at the comedy club in Dundee and I have little bit. And Mr Carr gets a mention after an interesting mix up by one of the club’s organisers!!! Click the lik to have a look. Aspirational Bathroom
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