What would you say to the black-clad anarchist after he’s kicked in the Santander shop window?
Maybe you think he’s a thug, and he should be in prison. I don’t know whether he’s a thug, but if he is a thug, then he’s that way because he’s a product of our society, and there are reasons for his behaviour.
Would you say he should influence things through his vote instead of his protest? His vote can help elect people who claim expenses from the public purse for doing things such as cleaning out their moat. His vote which might help elect people who then take money from third parties for adding clauses to Bills.
Some politicians seem to be too busy with their noses in the trough to bother about things such as the rail bosses (Keith Ludeman and Adrian Shooter) who are getting 35% pay rises whilst many others have their salaries capped or are made redundant.
I read in The Sunday Times Money section about the author, Wilbur Smith, who is a very wealthy man. He’s so wealthy that even though he earns a lot and spends a lot, he manages to save 90% of his income. He does this largely by avoiding paying much tax, and he avoids paying much tax by paying it in Malta, where the level is 15% for foreign income brought into the country, even though he doesn’t live in Malta. He has houses in London, Switzerland and South Africa, but they are all held in a trust, for tax efficiency purposes. When he dies, he won’t pay much inheritance tax, even though he has millions.
So, when things like that are happening, you can understand the anger of the black-clad anarchist. What would you say to him?
I’d say to him that kicking in the Santander shop window is not a good idea, because it shocks most people and only encourages them to support the existing setup even more.
I’ve never voted in a national or local election. I never will. Though I support everyone’s right to have a vote. If the vast majority of people who could vote didn’t, then things would change very quickly. You can’t deny that.
I haven’t read any of Wilbur Smith’s books. After reading about his finances, I don’t think I ever will.