Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Very little has changed in the last 100 years

I'VE just finished re-reading a book that was given to me by my mother on my 16th birthday. It was first published in 1914 and tells a story of poverty wages, starvation, charities providing essentials, short-time contracts, zero hours, corrupt businesses that own politicians and vice-versa and an apathetic population, who mistakenly vote for their own drudgery.

They only want 'plenty of work' and are encouraged to live a vicarious existence, marvelling at the antics of the rich and famous. We haven't advanced much in 100 years, have we?

The book? The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell.

MARTIN CARTHY

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