Equality Schmequality

November 12, 2010 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Not sure about my title, but let it pass…..

 A highlight; Wilkinson and Pickett of Spirit Level fame (see Some are more equal than others and Time for the Backlash) were in Hebden Bridge the other night. I need hardly add that I beat a path to the door. There was a gratifyingly big crowd assembled to hear Richard and Kate explain, again, why inequality is so bad for us all. And to mention that the UK is one of the most unequal rich countries, even before the current spate of “reforms”.

 Happily, they are very relaxed about the rightwing backlash they’ve provoked. Richard Wilkinson pointed out, rightly, that Cameron et al are trying to co-opt the language of equality.  Of course, they’re using OUR vocabulary to shape THEIR destructive agenda, bleating about “fairness” while Georgie wields his axe. I’m not alone in finding that a tad hypocritical, but I do believe that language shapes ideas (as well as the other way round) so perhaps The Spirit Level is helping to protect us from even worse atrocities.

 Oh dear. This was planned as an upbeat positive post, but it’s ended up being rather gloomy. A sign of the times, I fear.


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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