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Recession and the class divide

November 2, 2010

We are in danger of a double dip recession the economists keep telling us. We need to spend our way out of it they say. With what, I ask? Speaking from the position of someone who has been made redundant, there are many thousands of fellow public sector workers who are set to join me during the next couple of years. It seems to be a bit of a conundrum. Where is to wealth going to come from to provide all these new jobs? From what I witnessed a couple of weeks ago, the wealthy are still just that – wealthy. We went to the Affordable Art Fair, at the invite of an artist friend before you ask! It was the private preview night, opened by Susan Hampshire, attended by the well to do and art fans alike. ‘Affordable’, meaning everything will be priced under £3000. Beyond most of our reach, I must admit.  Still, the wealthy were still buying – our friends’ stand sold 6 pieces in under 2 hours, quite amazing! We walked among them, inhaling the expensive perfume and the smell of money. A precocious young girl asks her father “will you buy that for me daddy?” – an emphatic “No!” follows. Cue the brattish wails from a disappointed child. Perhaps Daddy is feeling the pinch. Still, even the rich like a bargain. The ticket to the AAF included free minibus transport to and from Sloane Square underground. We queued among them – I could not believe my ears when I heard the moans and groans when the bus was late. “It’s free!!!!!” I wanted to yell.  One thing is for sure. Money doesn’t buy manners and the rich will always be rich. We are not all in this together.

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  1. Nicola Gates permalink
    November 2, 2010 3:41 pm

    Double Dip is a sweet! The government are all high on e-numbers!

    Try not to let it all stress you Jilly. Numpties all of them.

    Love thee x x

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