Why don’t tenants tidy their front gardens or their balconies? Why are poor people fat? Why is fatness catching and travelling up the ‘ranks’? Why are people in the UK suffering from income-related depression when if they went to Africa they would look like millionaires?
Well if you ever felt judgementalism rising inside you, if you ever thought people just ‘need to get a grip’, read The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
The book’s very convincing answer to those questions is that Income Inequality hurts us all, mentally and physically. It’s backed up with lots of stats, comparing different countries, but it is actually readable and understandable. Available from good bookstores and the inevitable Amazon –