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Inequality needs ferociously tackled for all our sakes

Don Anderson


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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon visiting the food bank at Holy Cross Boys’ in north Belfast

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon visiting the food bank at Holy Cross Boys’ in north Belfast

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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon visiting the food bank at Holy Cross Boys’ in north Belfast

Of the many words to be associated with our pandemic predicament, there is one we could do something about, but probably won't. That word is inequality. Even when not explicitly quoted, it shouts as if written in medieval illuminated gold and silver script.

Back in February, in the days when we thought Covid-19 was a nightmare for faraway places, largely out of sight and out of mind, the Marmot Review 10 Years On was published.

It referred only to England, but common sense tells us that it had relevance to the whole of the British Isles and perhaps much of Northern Europe and the United States as well.