I was studying the summary of the governments inequality report that was reported in the press earlier this week.
Now I know that in regards of the whole world's population I (like most really in this country) is extremely well off. I also know I pretty well off and well paid compared with the average in the country.
However what surprised me was how well off I am in comparison to a lot of people in this country - I was further up the tables than I was expecting. See whilst I live in a "nice" house in a "nice" area and we have food on the table, clothes in the wardrobe, warmth in the radiators, can afford some luxuries and don't really have to scrimp to make ends meet I'm not exactly Rockefeller you know. I don't live in a mansion, my kids go to state schools, my fleet of automobiles is actually one that is a company car anyway and the other a 1.4 little town runabout for the Mrs... not a Ferrari, Rolls, Bentley etc. in sight. I'm comfortable yes, as I say we can say things like "Let's eat out tomorrow" and I don't have to worry where the money will come from and if my son called me today with a problem in Wales he needed us to go there instantly I could do it again without worrying about breaking a budget.
I try hard not to take what I have for granted but I don't always succeed, this report was a bit of an eye opener to me.