It has long been known
that high levels of poverty
and inequality are quite sustainable,
in wealthy westernised economies.
Particularly when the leaders of a country
have mastered the art of using statistics
which are compiled to mislead the public
into the belief that wealth is spreading
whilst the reverse is nearer the truth.
When the poverty gap stretches far enough
and over long enough period of time,
the only question left
is by how much will the gap
between rich and poor extend
before it becomes so hardened
that it is permanent,
and no amount of change
will make government
more honest or likeable, ever again.