We live in curious times. Football players are routinely collecting salaries of over £100,00 a week, yet the minimum wage is £5.93 an hour - unless of course you are under 20 - in which case you get a pound and a penny less.
To help you with the maths, that is £237 a week – or £196 for younger readers. A gulf so wide it would take a basic wage worker more than eight years to bring home the bacon bagged by a pampered prima donna in just 90 minutes, plus a few hours training.
The Coalition has supported evicting criminals’ families from their homes - yet this week it is reported former Labour minister Peter Mandelson is buying an £8m home. Yes, £8m.
We have nearly two and a half million unemployed people yet it is widely rumoured the Chancellor George Osborne believes there is a strong case for abolishing the 50p-in-the-pound higher-tax rate for higher earners (apparently they are adept at avoiding paying it!).
British Gas is making about £3m a day in profits, while consumers are paying double-digit price increases to heat their homes. Let’s not forget this industry used to belong to us – the taxpayers.
Our political masters have sold off our previously public assets. Many utility companies are now in foreign hands, with the profits not swelling the coffers of the exchequer but paying dividends overseas.
I can’t help but feel there is something rotten in the current system and it is well overdue an overhaul.
I have a suggestion. Perhaps if we paid MPs at the end of each year on the basis of how many of their unemployed constituents moved back into work, how many voters saw their wages move above the legal minimum and how many homeless people were granted a roof over their heads we would see a shift in policy.
Yes, it might mean those Premiership footballers and others lucky enough to earn more than three times the average wage paying more in taxes but, after all we are all in it together. Aren’t we?
Counterpoint by Scott Freeman