From Michael de Petrovsky.
DO we really want to see a Jersey Rich List (JEP, 25 April) and know how much the current recession has cost them? It’s peanuts in reality, for they still have millions more than any human being can spend in a lifetime of reasonable living.
You can only eat so much food, make love to so many women or men, sail one yacht at a time, live in one penthouse flat at a time and so on.
There must be vast amounts left over for no useful purpose except to reinvest to raise one’s level on the scoreboard of avarice. That is, unless you are of the ilk of David Kirch, Bill Gates and like.
Some will have made their wealth by honest hard work, and good luck to them; others, no doubt, by less reputable means. This display of excessive wealth in the face of world, local and child poverty has an obscene flavour that, were I to classify it, I would place it firmly in the bowels of a personal ‘vomitorium’.
Would it not be better to have a Poor List? No names, just Mr and Mrs X, Y or Z living below or on the poverty line. We could pass over a few pounds to make their lives more bearable and know what we were able to spare would be going direct to help those in dire straits in these hard times.
How about those of us receiving more than £15,000 a year giving one per cent to the real poor – those trapped in the cesspit at the bottom of the ladder of financial acquisition?
Rue du Rondin,