It’s interesting to note that, while we continue to suffer from a housing crisis in this country and the government is now proposing to fine poor people for having under-occupied hovels, we still continue to build urban-palaces in London which are pretty much used as occasional weekend retreats for the super-wealthy, rather than actual residences.
These billionaires’ holiday homes might appear, at first glance, to be the virtually exclusive residences of the arms dealers, drugs barons, dictators, slavers, pimps, traffickers, pornographers and gangsters who have made their fortunes through ruthlessly exploiting others, but it’s worth remembering that many of these people have now gone “legit” and ended-up owning some of our most prestigious hotels, media outlets and football teams, so that’s all good and fine. Say what you like about the inspirational qualities of entrepreneurs or sports heroes, these are the real aspirational role models whose success our children will covet and long to emulate.
Obviously, we mustn’t in any way criticise such “wealth creators” as these or they might take their tax evasion techniques elsewhere… except that they are already elsewhere, aren’t they? They are the absentee landlords of our new feudal system and we must be eternally grateful that these somehow not-quite criminals have chosen to grace our shores with their occasional presence, still seeing us as a lucrative investment opportunity for their dubiously-sourced funds.
It seems that this once-proud nation no longer has any qualms about who we are prepared to drop our Union Jack knickers for. Perhaps it’s time that our government acted to look after the neediest in our society before they approved the construction of any more of these castles of glass and steel from which those of ethically-questionable wealth occasionally choose to look down upon us with a contemptuous sneer of cold command – or is our craven worship of money now so all-consuming that we really don’t care anymore about its origins?