Fairness. It’s a lovely word, isn’t it? Those of you who have been following the election campaigns have probably heard it a few times recently. Maybe you’re even getting quite excited about it.
But I wonder what sort of “fairness” is really on offer. Allow me to pose a few provocative questions:
- Is it fair to complain about “obscene” bank bonuses whilst turning a blind eye to the equally obscene salaries paid to footballers and playboy racing drivers?
- Is it fair to prevent someone speaking openly about their Christian beliefs?
- Is it fair to tax the retirement savings of those who’ve been working hard and striving to save?
- Is it fair that the Scots and the French pay no tuition fees in Scotland, but the English do?
I could go on (and at some point, I probably will). But for now, I hope I’ve provided a bit of food for thought / stimulus for discussion – especially if you’ve been glued to the TV and generally going all gooey when “fairness” is mentioned.