Comment 30343

By Rusty (registered) - website | Posted April 22, 2009 at 09:31:58

Grassroots,

You've misunderstood my comments (hugely! - I can almost hear the swooshing sound over your head :) ).

My comment was a statement of reality, not opinion. Of course poor people matter - we all do. But the fact is - and the point I was making - is that poor people don't have as much say in our democracy as those with money. Why? Because many of them don't vote. Many do not have the time or inclination to lobby effectively. And very few fill their local candidates campaign coffers.

It was actually a politician who first made this comment to me ('Poor people don't matter'). He was speaking in terms of the reality of our democratic system, not as a matter of personal opinion. Likewise for myself. I was poor once (unemployed, a student and then unemployed again) and I have friends who are 'poor' also.

It's a sad reality but one that's important to recognize.

Cheers

Ben

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