„Look at London. Of course it matters to all of us that London's economy flourishes. But the test of the enormous wealth generated in patches of the capital is not that it contributed 20%-30% to Britain's GDP but how it affects the lives of the millions who live and work there. What kind of lives are available to them? Can they afford to live there? If they can't, it is not compensation that London is also a paradise for the ultra-rich. Can they get decently paid jobs or jobs at all? If they can't, don't brag about all those Michelin-starred restaurants and their self-dramatising chefs. Or schooling for children? Inadequate schools are not offset by the fact that London universities could field a football team of Nobel prize winners.“

The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/apr/10/financial-crisis-capitalism-socialism-alternatives (2009).

Eric Hobsbawm photo
Eric Hobsbawm43
British academic historian and Marxist historiographer 1917 - 2012

Related quotes

David Brooks photo

„Britain is blessed with a functioning political culture. It is dominated by people who live in London and who have often known each other since prep school. This makes it gossipy and often incestuous.“

—  David Brooks American journalist, commentator and editor 1961

[David, Brooks, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/opinion/24brooks.html?_r=1, Britain Is Working, New York Times, May 23, 2011, May 24, 2011]

Jeremy Corbyn photo

„[Veblenian institutionalism was] part of a much larger movement of dissent, that includes London School Institutionalists, Oxford Antimarginalists and the German Historical School (especially its second generation.“

—  Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993

Kenneth Boulding (1957) "A New Look at Institutionalism". In: The American Economic Review Vol 47, no.2, p. 3 as cited in: Klimina, Anna, (2008) " On misuse of the term “institutionalist” in the analysis of Russian academic economics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the case of Michail Tugan-Baranovsky (1865-1919) http://www.accessecon.com/pubs/EB/2008/Volume2/EB-08B10002A.pdf" Economics Bulletin, Vol. 2, No. 2 pp. 2

Martina Navrátilová photo
Douglas Adams photo

„Driving a Porsche in London is like bringing a Ming vase to a football game.“

—  Douglas Adams English writer and humorist 1952 - 2001

As quoted in Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Companion (1988) by Neil Gaiman

Barack Obama photo
Oswald Chambers photo
Simone Campbell photo

„The fact is, people work hard and rely on Food Stamps—or SNAP Program—to be able to feed their families. When they work full-time they still live in poverty. That's wrong in our nation. Students who are losing hope because of the difficulty of finding jobs in this tough economy. What we need to do, what is best for America, is to raise wages, create jobs, and then we will move forward. Hard-working people are trying their best, but those who hold on to capital are not sharing the wealth, and there is the problem.“

—  Simone Campbell American Roman Catholic Religious Sister and activist 1945

Simone Campbell, interviewed by Al Sharpton, " Nun Responds To Hannity's 'Communist' Comparison: 'Name Calling Is About All That Exists On That Side' http://www.mediamatters.org/video/2014/04/21/nun-responds-to-hannitys-communist-comparison-n/198961," Media Matters for America video, 4:12, April 21, 2014.

Neil deGrasse Tyson photo

„At its best, schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living.“

—  Neil Postman American writer and academic 1931 - 2003

Source: The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School

Erma Bombeck photo

„All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.“

—  Erma Bombeck When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and coul… 1927 - 1996

Franklin D. Roosevelt photo
Neil deGrasse Tyson photo
Max Lucado photo

„The maker of the stars would rather die for you than live without you. And that is a fact. So if you need to brag, brag about that.“

—  Max Lucado American clergyman and writer 1955

Source: Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear

Winston S. Churchill photo
Joyce Maynard photo
Ethan Hawke photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“