Unequal rights

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That 1 per cent of us own more than the rest put together has probably always been true. No lesser authority on poverty than Our Lord remarked that “the poor you always have with you”.

But is this any less distressing than the fact that the best athletes hog all the Olympic medals, or that the most handsome folk get the best-looking partners, or the brainiest and/or most hardworking students get the best degrees?

And anyway, as the only true wealth is that which you can take with you when you go, perhaps the poor do indeed possess the keys to the kingdom.

Tim Flinn


East Lothian