Peter Wilby congratulates…

Peter Wilby congratulates, with obvious great effort (gritted teeth?) some of the US mega-rich on their philanthropic intent. In the rest of his article, he lambasts them for tax avoidance and evasion, not paying fair wages, etc. It is sad that an experienced journalist can miss the point. We should not rely on the good nature of the mega-rich to help create a fairer society. This is a task for our democratically elected governments. Are any Labour leadership candidates listening? We need a government with appropriate policies – for example an annual wealth tax and a tax on land values for starters. These would help ensure that all the mega-rich (and the not quite so rich) make a realistic contribution to the costs involved.

Eric Deakins