I started writing this particular opinion piece in 2015. As such it includes the Occupy movement which was big news that decade. It touches on the Leveson inquiry in the U.K, pre-dates Pres. Trump and the U.K. E.U. in or out referendum.
It has sat as a draft for five years yet the gist and headline is as relevant as ever if not more so.
"Is corruption always the name of the game?"
The covid-19 pandemic has left countries reeling with the financial implications but the uber rich continue to increase their wealth. Back in 2015 as government austerity measures trundled on in parts of the E.U. and U.K the rich were doing quite nicely thank you!
Op-Ed: "Sifting through news stories and media reports there seems to be one defining similarity between most of them - that is corruption. Whilst some people will baulk at that word it is hard to know what else to call it. We may have all heard the adage "you scratch my back and I will scratch yours" but it seems to be a way of life for powerful people in this the 21st Century.
So here we are with hindsight looking back at four years of President Donald J Trump who is now seeking four more years as POTUS!
Was Pres. Trump and P.M Johnson credible in 2015 - hell are they now?
In 2015 U.K. debt reportedly escalated to an all time high of One Trillion Pound with claims "it means that every man, woman and child in the country owes around £16,400 to the City and global lenders who help keep public services running." That wording was via the right wing Evening Standard.
Now here we are October 2020 with news that "The UK’s national debt hit a record £2.024 trillion at the end of August, £249.5 billion more than the same time last year. To put the figures in some perspective, the debt level works out a roughly £30,000 per person living in the UK."
They will blame the current covid-19 pandemic but the Conservatives have been in government now for ten long years. They continue to make bad choices.
The fats cats still prevail. The wealthy are doing quite well by and large during this pandemic while ordinary folks are short-changed financially, health-wise and more.
So I ask again.
Is Corruption the name of the Game in the 21st Century? Because in this bloggers humble opinion it sure looks that way.
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