Saturday 14 March 2009

The Equality Trust

Next Left readers will be interested in The Equality Trust, which has been created to promote the evidence on why inequality matters, arising out of the important new book 'The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better' by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

You can also sign their equality charter.

The Equality Charter

In the light of a growing body of evidence, we, the undersigned, believe that:

* current levels of inequality are unfair and socially damaging
* greater equality leads to happier, more cohesive, healthier and safer societies
* greater equality is an essential part of sustainable societies and of the fight against global warming
* greater equality is achievable

We therefore call upon all people, governments, politicians, and policy makers at all levels, to promote policies to create a fairer distribution of income and wealth and to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

1 comment:

Dane Clouston said...

I have just looked up on Google;

"Redistribution of inherited wealth" 183 entries

"Redistribution of wealth" 429,000 entries

"Redistribution of inheritance" 7 entries, of which 2 relate to Universal Inheritance.

"Redistribution of gifted and inherited wealth" 2 entries - both relating to Universal Inheritance!

The only time at which it is practical to redistribute wealth is at the point of transfer from each generation to the next. So why the blind spot/taboo? How can it be overcome?

We will have to focus on the under 25s, who would all benefit from £10,000 British Universal Inheritance at 25