Five a Day
You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?
I’m not going to answer this. It’s such a silly question for a whole raft of reasons you probably know better than I do, a balanced diet not being one of my preoccupations.
So here’s a different question, arising from a story that appeared on my homepage a few days ago.
Is it OK for KK to buy her one-year-old daughter (I thought North West was boy or a direction, silly me!) a fur coat worth 4.5 thousand dollars?
Well of course it is, if that’s what she wants to do. Her money, her choice. But being an antediluvian, moralistic old cow, it strikes me as just a touch obscene to splash that much on a (fur) coat a one-year-old will grow out of in 12 months – or won’t be seen wearing again for fear (her mother’s) of being out of fashion – when the extra thousands, suitably donated, would allow other mothers the gratification of still having a live child at all.
In my mind, the same thing applies to multi-million dollar houses, squillion dollar weddings, comprehensive facelifts and tummy-tucks – fill in the blanks. And no, I’m not a rabid socialist, and nor do I resent those who earn the big bucks – more power to their hard work, I say – but do they really need to spend all their millions on themselves?
None of this is new or revolutionary. Thousands before me have said it. And on occasion, it happens – Bill Gates, for example. What’s more there will never be anything approaching equality in the world for the reasons we all know well. But if the rich continue to get richer (as seems likely) and continue to hoard far more than they can ever spend in their lifetimes or their children’s lifetimes even on unnecessary shows of opulence, the divide will continue to grow.
Would it really be so hard, if you’re worth $50,000,000, to give – say – half of it to providing food and water for the estimated 7.3 billion people in the world suffering from chronic malnutrition?
I’m sure they’d be happy to be supplied with five foods in perpetuity.