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Why the moderately well-off don’t feel that rich

In Economy, Political economy on 19/09/2012 at 5:37 am

The rising inequality of incomes mean that even moderately well-off people do not feel that rich; not least because the elite have driven up property prices in desirable areas … to levels that those not working in the finance sector cannot afford. Meanwhile, the very elite can insulate themselves from everyday life. Think of the experience of the average first, or business, class air passenger. They sit in a different lounge from the other passengers, enter the jetway through a different door, sometimes enter the plane through a different door as well, sit in a curtained-off section and then leave the plane before everyone else. They could make an entire transatlantic flight without coming into contact with the hoi polloi.

The problem is that the political elite tend to mix with the financial elite … and, for security reasons, also have to cut themselves off from the average voter. So it may be doubly hard for them to understand the pressures of those who are actually on median incomes.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2012/09/economics-politics-and-financial-markets

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  1. Hey, you need a taxi-driver in the parliament. The current parliament make-up does not look anything like the general public. Most are “A” students. So you are being ruled by the elite without representation! For one, get rid of the stupid “qualifications” for the most elitist Presidency in the whole world. (Whose stupid idea was it?)

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