Warped Priorities

Jul 25, 2013 by

According to Save the Children 1.6 million children in Britain live in poverty. Young children will tonight go to bed hungry, wake up cold and tired and this will undoubtedly affect their ability to absorb education.

The parents, more often than not, will be frustrated, depressed and despairing and even at times provoked into domestic violence by the sheer unfairness of their lives.  

Lacking in social opportunity the children will grow up in atmospheres of resentment and, even where the parents have some culpability in not providing well for the children, the impact is the same on the young ones. They can’t compete with the latest designer clothes and games that the advertisers keep pushing down the throats of children and families. 

Today one footballer is going to be sold for over 40 million pounds and the lifestyle that he represents is going to be flaunted to these young children again, producing a vicious cycle. 

What shameful hypocrisy allows this crazy spiral of selfishness and emotional cruelty to continue. That’s just in this country. How can we have reached a situation where we put this value on a human being playing football. This cost could probably feed, clothe and educate hundreds of our most vulnerable for a long time and not deny the country the great minds that might be released given half the chance?

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1 Comment

  1. Tony Domaille

    No one is ‘provoked’ into domestic violence by unfairness or anything else. Domestic abuse is the malicious exercising of power of another, often with children being caught in the cross-fire. It is indefensible by any standard.

    Forty million pounds is an obscene amount of money for football transfer. That sort of money would pay for a lot of more important things, but then the football clubs are not owned by the NSPCC or any other charity. Even if footballers were transferred for £1 and paid the minimum wage, I’m afraid it wouldn’t put another slice of bread on a poor family’s table.

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