- Sales of tickets at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi are not going very well, as they are too expensive for local people - the equivalent of about 70p, which is half a day's pay in New Delhi.
- People on housing benefit in Central London will be forced to move out, away from relatives and friends, when the new cap on benefits is introduced.
- A lady with an income above £44 000 a year moaning away that she couldn't possibly maintain a decent lifestyle if her child benefit were taken away.
It really is high time that those of us who are comfortably off (ie rich enough to be paying any income tax at all, never mind the 40% rate) learned to appreciate our good fortune. Below is the Prayer Book's "General Thanksgiving." Even if you don't agree with its religious sentiments it may help you develop a sense of perspective.
|Almighty God, Father of all mercies,|
|we thine unworthy servants|
|do give thee most humble and hearty thanks|
|for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men;|
|We bless thee for our creation, preservation,|
|and all the blessings of this life;|
|but above all for thine inestimable love|
|in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,|
|for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.|
|And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies,|
|that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful,|
|and that we shew forth thy praise, not only with our lips,|
|but in our lives;|
|by giving up ourselves to thy service,|
|and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness|
|all our days;|
|through Jesus Christ our Lord,|
|to whom with thee and the Holy Ghost|
|be all honour and glory, world without end.|