I read this morning that Britain is now the country with the most billionaires per head of population. We have 104 billionaires with a combined wealth of more than £301 billion. By any stretch of the imagination that is obscene isn't it?
I'm often told in conversation they deserve it...they've worked hard to get it...they are the entrepreneurs that keep the cogs turning.
But I wonder....did Einstein do what he did for money? Or Darwin or Mozart?
The public servants I see seem to work hard too....nurses, doctors, bus drivers, the policemen and social workers...and the builders and oil rig workers...tell them they're lightweights in the economy.
The good old NHS sees 1 million people every 36 hours and the so called entrepreneurs are privatising it out of existence....what was the jewel in Britain's crown....the real wealth and health of a nation..........if only they worked as hard as those poor billionaires...............who access the best accountants to keep their hard earned cash in offshore accounts....probably on islands that they already own!
And the queues for food-banks and loans with incredibly high interest rates persist.
Even the sales people of Sky have become whistle-blowers to their practice of targeting the poorest areas on behalf of their billionaire employers.
It is nothing short of scandalous.
Then there's me.
On Friday night I was invited to a £100 a head dinner at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. This was the annual Arts and Business Awards bash and the sort of event I am regularly invited to...............well I say regularly.......
I would have been happy with a fish n chip supper and a seventies disco complete with Chicory Tip and Mungo Jerry.
A project I was involved in with older residents in Merthyr (previously alluded to in this blog) happened to win the much sought after section for arts and the community. And a great project and a very deserving winner in many ways (although I still struggle with a society that seems to value everyone solely as winners and losers)......................................but the smell of money and patronage of the arts worries me.......should it?....hasn't it always been so?
Still worries me.
Everything from kidneys to morality seems to sell as a commodity on the stock market these days.
The battle for community libraries goes on (see other posts) and on Tuesday (13th May) we are demonstrating at the Senedd (Welsh Assembly)...please come if you feel inclined it's a 10.30am meet up outside.....let's make ourselves heard.........and hope the billionaires are listening over the airwaves of their helicopters and security fences.
Which brings me back to Bouncers the sort of security needed to ensure the riff raff and common people are held firmly in their place with a bit of rowdy beer and bingo.
I'm still very heavily involved and off to rehearse again today. I've been told it's the most performed play after Shakespeare in the English language....so if you've never seen it why not head down to St David's Hall in a weeks time and take a look....patronise the arts in the best possible way. Here's the link again to the promotional video...........................enjoy.....................see you down there!