Following my last blog post sadness has been the mood of the week.
However going for a run over Wimbledon Common with Chris my running companion this bright and sunny Sunday morning, lifted the spirit. We decided to have a post-run breakfast in a Raynes Park cafeteria with our better halves which again illustrated that in times of sadness the company of others can be very uplifting.
The conversation over breakfast more than touched on the news that thousands if not millions from Africa are seeking to emigrate or in truth, flee to Europe. The easy answer to the effect that GB is a small island already over crowded we decided was quite insufficient. The more difficult answers included the possibility of us in the West all taking large % pay cuts with a view to ensuring that the world's limited resources are more evenly shared. That raises many difficulties however not the least of which is that a 50% pay cut would not be instantly matched by a similar drop in retail prices making life very difficult if not impossible for many. Another difficulty which is illustrated by personal professional work experience is that on occasion one needs the very best assistance that money can buy.
Thus for an appeal concerning a fundamental point of principle from the court of Appeal to the Supreme Court in the UK on a legal point which had been lost several times already by other similarly affected parties, the very best QC that money could buy was briefed. That most difficult appeal was successful. Had a 50% reduction been placed on barristers' fees like the wages and salaries of everyone else, we would have been at best surely far less likely to have found a barrister prepared to go that extra mile as the hourly rate for a far easier brief would have been the same.
Likewise with for example world class footballers - if a 50% reduction in income was applied why should an individual work to excel in the sport for a club when any club would pay him the same sort of much lower salary?
The capitalist system is far from perfect but for many people if not most, money does provide the incentive to excel. Human society tends to advance when individuals excel as those in charge of IBM Microsoft Apple and going back a way Brunel and RL Stephenson illustrate but those individuals and their companies tend to need high rewards for their amazing achievements.
The spin offs from such human achievements also include the possibility of diseases like malaria and smallpox being eradicated not to mention many kinds of cancer but all those developments take time money and spririt. Alas the human spirit does usually need to be incentivised which is where money comes in. Cancel the incentive and the spirit can be put off somewhat and sadly the advances may diminish if not cease. Capitalism is flawed but so far at least is less flawed than other systems. Unfortunatelythat does not answer the question of how best to help those men women and children fleeing brutal regimes in other parts of the world when so many millions appear to need help.
We agreed however that many of the problems of Eastern Europe are not for the UK to resolve any more than they should have been in WWI so leaving the EU and reverting to the Common Market which is all the citizens of this country had voted for, would be sensible.