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Mind the gap: New age of inequality & its advocates 

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. His award winning blog can be found at Follow him on Twitter

December 04, 2013 10:28

Over the last 30 years or so, we’ve witnessed a massive rise in inequality in Britain and in other countries across the world as neo-liberal economic policies replaced the more collectivist social democratic ones which dominated in 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

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Vasile Andreescu 15.12.2013 11:31

Congratulations for a brilliant article! It says everything in such a short space, its condensed form gives it its tremendous force of appeal to readers' reasoning and hearts. It is especially dear to me as these are exactly my ideas, that I have gathered through intense study on the economic and social issues. One problem remains though: no leadership could take such oppressive steps unless a politically illiterate populace supported it through its coward silence and through letting itself injected with the poison of reckless consumerism. When people wake up, policies will change. It makes people accomplice to it.


Ivica Gorgievski 10.12.2013 14:00

Who Is The Enemy? Degenerated Elites driven by corruption possession illness... hold the humanity in slavery....


LisaAgnes 09.12.2013 19:32

amere-brush-ha nd 09.12.2013 16:29

Bordering on psychotic. They live in a different world. They have no idea what it is like to struggle or to lose a job.


Yo u know, I am starting to think that you are correct. Normal people like you or I just don't exist for these people - we don't even qualify as people in their eyes- only those who have over a certain amount of money even qualify as human to them. They are only capable of 'seeing', those who are like them. The rest of us, they see only as a huge hulking mass to exploit or to beat back.


amere-brush-hand 09.12.2013 16:29

The war on society and the poor was started by Thatcher and Reagan and has intensified ever since. Cameron and Boris Johnson are sociopaths. They were born into privilege and vast wealth.

They went to private expensive schools where they were indoctrinated to think of themselves as special and as people who were destined to become leaders. They have no empathy for people.

Bordering on psychotic. They live in a different world. They have no idea what it is like to struggle or to lose a job. No wonder they support the criminal bankers who crashed the UK. UK is full of millions of people in severe poverty.


mergon 07.12.2013 14:29

The world has been turned into one big game of monopoly
with one difference only the rich can play gone is the old game of putting hotels on park lane now its fraking in areas of outstanding beauty , the utilities that were cheap in the old game are now very much sought after ,it was not long ago when a companies profits were tens of thousands now its in the tens of millions or more !

If your not a player or an mp or minister you cant play the game so your a nobody !


Joe Arpa 07.12.2013 01:58

The people this person has called intelligent and I believe he has included himself as one. Have managed to bankrupted the banking system. Put most if not all countries in enormous debt and all of use at risk. They should thank God that we the majority are not as intelligent!


Gary Sellars 05.12.2013 13:42

When the revolution comes, I will cheer as I watch these filthy evil selfish ba@tards twitch and shudder as the firing squad lets loose :-)


Wake Upton 05.12.2013 12:52

Borrowing is being promoted by big financial organisations in order to control the ordinary people a lot easier.


JJ 05.12.2013 03:10

This is slavery but the globalist call it democracy


Alex C 05.12.2013 01:05

P7. But this era of financial corruption and exploitation is coming to an end. And it was foreseen. "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed." (Abraham Lincoln, Nov 21, 1864)


Alex C 05.12.2013 01:04

P6."The economic anarchy of capitalist society [is] in my opinion, the real source of the evil... Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands... The result [is] an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society... there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils... through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system [oriented] toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion."(Alber t Einstein)


Alex C 05.12.2013 00:58

P5. It is also self evident that perpetual growth is unsustainable in our biosphere but our economic system is also dependent on the perpetual expansion of debt (to compensate for an accumulating interest component). However, debt is now overwhelming economies. This system is unlikely to change as in many countries, the political class is part of the wealthy investor class (constituting a plutocracy). Policy and tax deduction/minimisati on structures are likely to continue to favour their short term interests. Necessary reforms are unlikely to occur.


Alex C 05.12.2013 00:58

P4. The capitalist economic system will reach a situation whereby there is an excess of capital concentrated in a wealthy class and over-production/ over-supply/ over-indebtedness/ lowering incomes/ rising cost of living/ job insecurity/ escalating costs of living, etc. resulting in inadequate consumerism to maintain a balanced supply and demand situation. Austerity will further reduce economic activity (and increase poverty). As this system is unlikely to change, the eventual outcome is therefore largely predictable.


Alex C 05.12.2013 00:58

P3. Neoliberal reforms of deregulation (allowing irresponsible financial practices), tax minimisation for the wealthy 'to attract investors' (resulting in diminishing government revenue) and privatisation of essential public services and assets (transforming these from serving the public interest to exploiting the public for ever more profit, creating a class of oligarchs through the transfer/concentrati on of wealth) have a logical outcome.

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