The 2013 United Nations report “Inequality Matters” shows that many, but not all, countries have become more unequal since 1980 (see pages 29-39 of the report). The United Kingdom is one country where inequality has grown over this time. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK now rely on charitable food banks for at least some of their food, despite the UK being a relatively wealthy country.
Although the trend towards inequality is by no means irreversible, the difficulty arises that the mass media are largely owned and operated by the wealthier sections of society, who have no desire to see any change. Poorer people are often encouraged by the media to find scapegoats for their poverty, such as other nations, or minority ethnic or religious groups. The internet does contain some thoughtful analyses of poverty, but these are often swamped by the vast mass of bigotry and weird conspiracy theories that we all read on web comment pages. I’m happy to contribute to this inequality blog day, since it provides an opportunity for people from all over the world to express their thoughts and feelings on this important topic.