Nothing’s Wrong, Except Everything

I was cycling ‘up on the downs’ (a phrase that I’ll never tire of) today, with Charli. It was a lovely day – a warm clear day in England in September does tend to be far better than a mid-summer day; it can be hot but somehow fresher.

The path down from up on the downs

The path down from up on the downs

As you’d expect for the area (near Wantage), it’s all very ‘nice’. The average car’s on the new side; the typical house is a long way from cheap. There are plenty of horses in the fields and let’s face it, they’re purely luxuries. There was nothing ‘wrong’ with anything we saw at all – nothing, except everything.

Save The Children is having to start operations in the UK. I do not know how that can not be a screaming headline in every form of media. No, poverty’s not a simple problem to tackle. Yes, surely, there are problems to address in how society might and does try and tackle poverty.

But all that should, surely, pale into insignificance against the bald fact that Save the Children is starting work in the UK. That headline should be screamed until it is no longer true – until the problem is effectively tackled.

That anyone with any influence at all over the levers of power, the levers that could be being used to address the ludicrous, gross inequality of wealth distribution, can be failing to respond to that bald fact says pretty well everything you need to know about those with their hands on those levers.

As much as I’m a happy little cyclist mooching around the comfortable rural idylls of middle England, we need different people to operate the levers.