After the last elections in England, people were promised to level out and on Wednesday the WHO called for a moratorium on booster vaccinations against Covid-19, allowing poorer countries to catch up with richer ones. A moratorium that risks being refused.
Instead of constantly waiting for the poor to climb the next twist on the ladder, why not drop a twist instead?
If everyone at the top of the ladder lost their status and their wealth was distributed among the lower levels, the leveling would happen overnight and there would be no need for a moratorium on vaccines as countries could. pay for themselves. Poverty and inequality would disappear and we would have a society packed in the middle.
Can you hear the gasps? More people in the middle, more people vying for a portion of the wealth, and less wealth destined to reach the next level – fainting might have already happened.
The real test for our future is a question: are we ready to continue as we are, to pretend with the world, while the poorest countries do an almost impossible task of escalation, or are we ready? for a real overhaul of society, leading to a better distribution of wealth?
Marie Hanna Curran
Ballinasloe, County Galway
Our complex history cannot be used to recreate the division
Conor Coffey’s letter last Saturday (Independent Irish, July 31) is a reminder of historical examples of man’s inhumanity against humanity, but it is wrong on a few factual points, I’m afraid.
The first Dutch Van Der Leur settled in Ireland at the beginning of the 17th century before Cromwell and William of Orange and it was the Earl of Thomond who rented the Kilrush estate in 1712 from Boyle Vanderleur.
Irish history is often much more complicated than Irish people of various “traditions” would like to admit.
Moreover, famine was not unique to Ireland. Between 1845 and 1848, the rural poor suffered from crop failures from their main livelihood diet of potatoes from Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands to central and eastern Europe.
This was the turning point between the traditional hunger crises after bad harvests and the modern industrial-capitalist economic and financial crises.
But the inhumanity of landowners and government imbued with the new orthodoxy of free trade and unrestricted capitalism was not confined to Ireland.
It was everywhere in Europe at that time, and it is not for nothing that 1848 became the year of revolution in Europe.
Tearing down statues and street names doesn’t change history, it is. But a good understanding of history in its complexities and occasional ugliness is better.
And what is even more needed at this particular time in Ireland is not to recreate and exacerbate the (sectarian) divisions of the past.
Croydon, Surrey, England
First Communion Hat and Wild Frontier King
Recent the controversy over communions and confirmations reminded me of my own first communion over 60 years ago in the church of Saint-Pierre de Bray. My post-ceremony treat was going to see Davy Crockett’s film with Fess Parker at the Theater Royal in Dublin.
High on my wishlist for a spell afterwards was to have a coon skin hat, like the one Davy sported.
Fortunately, all these years later, I’m still up, unlike the good old Theater Royal. Mind you, I never had this snakeskin hat!
Beaumont, Dublin 9
Cronyism is rampant in all walks of life, not just in politics
Jim O’Sullivan is naive to think that cronyism is confined to political golden circles (“Measures needed to ban jobs for boys … and girls”, Independent Irish, 5 August).
Cronyism and its cousin nepotism are rampant in all areas. The old adage “it’s not what you know but who you know” exists for a reason.
I know someone who went looking for a job in the fire department and a relative of a staff member got it. Coincidence?
What special measures can protect against a situation where interviews are only conducted to make a shortlisted candidate legal?
Most people would have no problem with nepotism as long as they earned it. When someone else wins, it’s bad. The eternal paradox.
When you hear someone say they know someone, you know something.
Clonmel, County Tipperary