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A Better Way to Reward Efforts

Rich and Poor

Despite proper concern to eliminate poverty in Britain, this is an issue of relativity. Compared with many countries in the developing world many would argue that no one here is ‘poor’ in absolute terms. Were this not the case then it is unlikely that economic immigration would be the issue it has become.

Basic Needs

In Maslow’s terms the physiological needs for food, drink, sleep and basic sex of most of the population are well satisfied – some might say too well satisfied. While safety is a recurring concern, both physically and economically, most people ‘sleep soundly abed’ and are not generally fearful of personal attack. While until recently the feeling of economic security seemed to be growing, in the run up to the general election, all political parties are focussing on whipping up fears on all these counts in the hope of turning voters to their cause.

Psychological Neeeds

It was from here up, in Maslow’s terms, that concerns were growing as our ‘broken society’ showed increasing needs for an individual sense of love and belonging, for affection, intimacy and secure roots in the family group. Possibly compensating for and reaching over this lack, we have seen an increase in demands for personal esteem, self-respect and the respect of others expressed by groups physically demanding this from others. Unfortunately avoiding being ‘dissed’ seems to rely more on a reversion to physical fear than improved competence and capability. In part, this may indicate failures in political policy direction, for example in education, integration and the welfare safety net.

A Widening Social Gulf?

Once the preserve of small elites, access to Maslow’s ultimate goal of self-actualisation via personal development and self-improvement, does appear to be growing, but in so doing it also seems to be widening the gulf between two halves of society – worsening the ‘break’ so to say.

Time Rich -v- Time Poor

Contentions that people want more time for themselves – for personal development, family, friends and so on, may therefore be appropriate for what Maslow would see at the higher echelons, whereas time may weigh heavy in the hands of those at the lower end.

Creating An Equitable Reward Structure

In seeking a better way to address our changing need to reward efforts in governing Britain, your “People’s Parliament” may therefore need to consider how its successor government will address the widening gulf between the increasingly very rich and the rest of society. What structure of government, for example, will facilitate the delivery of more equitable rewards for effort of whatever kind? Should this include health, welfare and pension provisions as we move toward a more elderly population? And how can whatever structure is agreed and put in place protect these provisions from being plundered by future governments, businesses, or other institutions as they have been in the past?

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