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Table Talk

We had our Unity Supper tonight with all the denominations in Bearsden. It was a good time together with a speaker from SCIAF who was good and informative - first talk in a new job.

It did remind me of Oxfam's statistic this week that the 62 wealthiest people on the planet have more wealth than half the world's population (3.5 billion people). Mixed in with that the World Economic Forum is meeting on Davos. It's more like a club than anything else where a few seem to hobnob with only those who can afford to attend (£100,000 per person apparently).

Aditya Chakrabortty in th Guardian today writes: At the start of this decade, 388 billionaires owned as much as half the world. By 2011, that number had plunged to 117. Last year, it had fallen to 80. In other words, in the five years since the world recession, the very richest have grown inexorably wealthier. And that’s not because the global economy is booming, as every worker on a pay freeze and every family seeing their benefits cut knows. It’s because we are living in a period of trickle-up economics, in which the middle- and working-classes have handed over money to those right at the very top.

We're out of touch with each other. It seems as simple as that and growing ever more so. I was reading the news in Zimbabwe today online as we have a Zimbabwian student with us. The economy has gone to pot: 90% unemployment, no one gets paid on time, there's no such thing as a Zimbabwian dollar anymore, everyone uses dollars and Mugabe is about to spend £800,000 on a 92nd birthday party.

We're out of touch with each other. Who will be the one who simply gets people round the same table to hear each others stories? Could it be as simple as that to begin rebalancing the world. Who will offer to do that? Who will dare come?

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