James: Why Do We Fetishise The Super Rich?

8 August 2016, 14:32

James O'Brien: The salaries of Britain's big bosses keep getting bigger while their workers continue to struggle - why do we put up with it?

James was talking about the new stats that show that on average, Britain's top bosses got a 10% pay rise last year.

Meanwhile millions of other workers struggled - with the chief execs of leading companies now making on average 129 times what their employees do.

O'Brien's take on it was as incisive as always - and it involved the Labour leader: "Jeremy Corbyn, whatever you might think about him, people have been persuaded that he is somehow on the side of those who are having their interests exploited.

"He has somehow managed to cast himself in the role of a politician who speaks up for people who are getting punched in the face by others."

James continued: "Why in Britain...do we fetishise the super-rich?

"Only occassionally does one of them get thrown to us as a sort of sacrificial offering by the plutocrats and the media.

"We don't get cross with the right people."

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