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Who are we to judge

Wednesbury at dusk

Charles Darwin was born into a moderately wealthy family in Shrewsbury. His father, Robert, had the largest medical practice outside of London at the time and his mother, Susannah Wedgwood, was from the family of wealthy pottery manufacturers.

He coined the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’, a process he described as ‘natural selection’. The fittest amongst us will survive at the expense of the sick, the disabled and the less able. The fittest in the 21st century aren’t the strong who do manual work; they aren’t the guys who work down the mines and in the oil fields. They are the people who have friends in high places, they are the ones with no compassion; the executives and high earners. They are the executives on the privatised water companies accepting ‘investment’ from the Chinese government. They are the executives at your local NHS trust appointing American consultants to ‘advise’ them. They are the executives at your privatised energy company who sold out to the Spanish, Germans and French.

The fittest in the 21st century are the people who earn over £100,000 a year and might not look very fit to you and me; many of them are a little overweight. These are the desk jockeys, the paper pushers and people who sit on high, lording it over the rest of us.

Take judges for example. They sit on high talking down to people every day. How much do you think judges earn? I’m not talking about High Court judges on a quarter of a million. I mean those in your local crown court, industrial tribunal and county court. Would you believe they earn £130,000 a year and still rising under the current government. Since this government came to power they have had over £10,000 in rises. They need it to pay their taxes and National Insurance. The national insurance according to my research would be around £5,800. That’s more than many people get in Job Seekers allowance! Their income tax would come to a whopping £46,000 assuming they didn’t fiddle it.

That still leaves them around £78,000 in cash to live on. I suppose it would be a bit of a struggle but they would probably manage. With interest rates really low they could afford a modest little million pound mansion on a 25 year mortgage at £4,200 a month. That still leaves them with £28,000 a year to live on. That’s more than most nurses earn before tax.

How much is the council tax on  a small mansion these days? Not much is it… I wonder what they spend their money on? Food? No wonder they’re all a bit overweight and want to put a tax on sugar. Champagne? That’s not healthy and it’s not good to have alcoholic judges presiding in our courts. Maybe they spend it on holidays? Maybe they save it all for their retirement? No, judges have fantastic pensions provided for them by the state.

I give up. I can’t imagine spending that much money. I’m not a greedy, fat, power crazy psycho though…

I’m not making judgements. Executives, politicians, doctors, chief executives, civil servants and judges have to suck up a hell of a lot to get to where they are. Who are we to judge and look down on them?

I just think we could be a little more concerned with people who care, like nurses and carers. I think we could be more compassionate towards people who need it; like  the sick, disabled and disadvantaged.  Isn’t this what being civilised is all about? Do we really want a society that is dog eats dog; survival of the fittest…

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