Monday 24th June
There is a world we live in where billionaires wheel and deal in millions of shares a day, making and breaking fortunes, closing factories and throwing thousands of workers on the scrap heap because of projections on a spreadsheet.
There is a world we live in where Politicians cosy up to business leaders – tit for tat, we pass a bit of legislation here and when we retire we will become non-executive directors.
There is a world we live in where so-called leaders of so-called democratic republics live in sumptuous palaces where they eat and drink lavishly and pile up huge bank balances in Zurich which when they die their widows will spend on shoes and clothes they will never have enough days to wear.
There is a world we live in where not a stone’s throw from those same palaces peasants toil eighteen hours a day to keep body and soul alive dutifully paying their taxes to those very same leaders.
There is a world we live in where soldiers get killed fighting wars in foreign countries which have never posed any real threat to their own, being blown up by improvised devices planted by those who see them as attacking and stealing their land.
There is a world we live in where young trendy people have no idea about the rest of the world, so wrapped up are they in their own little lives, spending most of their money on clothes and eating out, drink and drugs in their hedonistic little whirlpool.
There is a world we live in where their parents still scrimp and save because a lifetime of habit is hard to stop even though they are quite comfortable really, putting money by each month so that their kids can waste it all when they die.
There is a world where crime is the norm, where drugs are dealt in the front room, where the kids have criminal records at eleven years old, where their mothers are into prostitution and where nobody even sees what they are doing as wrong or hurting anyone else.
There is a world we live in where old people live in barricaded flats on vast estates, too scared to go out of their own front door.
There is a world we live in which switches the news off and searches the channels for yet another soap, living their lives through the vicarious pleasures of fictional characters.
There is a world we live in which goes hungry every night until even hunger dies.
There is a world we live in of caring concerned people who do not want wealth or fame and who are not greedy, they are almost invisible but believe me they are there, they care and you might need them one day.
There is a world we live in that is teeming with life that has never encountered the human species even though their number are reduced every day by the actions of this same greedy species.
Have a nice day.