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to ask all of the 1% here (anyone earning over £20'000) what you are doing to help the 99%?

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ethnicalMarion Sun 25-Jan-15 10:50:37

If your earn over 20k in the UK you are part of the 1%. Aibu to think that this 1% should be helping the 99% of the world more?

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 25-Jan-15 10:52:47

Over 20k? I don't think that is the 1%. Its the super rich. Interesting to see if any of those will reply.

MooMaid Sun 25-Jan-15 10:53:26

Where are the figures coming from for this 1% (out of interest)?

Lweji Sun 25-Jan-15 10:53:56

Definitely not 1%! Or do you mean per month?

ChaosTrulyReigns Sun 25-Jan-15 10:53:57

Where are these statistics from? That seems a very low wage to divide in such a proportion.

PrincessOfChina Sun 25-Jan-15 10:54:02

Is that right? Do you have a link?

JaceLancs Sun 25-Jan-15 10:54:14

I'm one - I very rarely give to charity or individuals however I work for a charity and provide direct support to individuals
As a single parent with a large mortgage who struggles to make ends meet that is all I can do
Might be different if I earned more but £20000 isn't even the national average wage

YouTheCat Sun 25-Jan-15 10:54:36

I think you have your figures wrong.

Lweji Sun 25-Jan-15 10:55:16

In any case, just as long as the 1% are spending money on things produced or offered by the 99%, and not tax evading, they are helping them (us).

Whooshtheyweregone Sun 25-Jan-15 10:55:29

Those figures can't possibly be right!

BumWad Sun 25-Jan-15 10:55:37

What YouTheCat said

sebsmummy1 Sun 25-Jan-15 10:55:39

I REALLY think you have your figures wrong

HeyMicky Sun 25-Jan-15 10:56:03

Your stats are wrong. There are around 2.6 million people in the UK who fall into the global top 1%. To qualify, you need assets of more than $US800k.

Meanwhile, as I high earner (although not in the 1%) I pay my taxes, work for a UK company that created value for the country, support my local businesses and give to charity, both domestic and international.

Have you any specific suggestions as to what you'd like to see from the global 1%?

GaryTheTankEngine Sun 25-Jan-15 10:56:29

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MrsRogerSterling Sun 25-Jan-15 10:56:39

Paying vast amounts of tax and not claiming any benefits. I really can't stand all the high earner bashing that goes on on here sometimes, not that 20K is a high earner so not quite what you would expect anyone earning that to do?

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 25-Jan-15 10:56:55

1% of of the population own 99% of the wealth. So the rest of us are the 99%.

JenniferGovernment Sun 25-Jan-15 10:57:07

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notonyourninny Sun 25-Jan-15 10:57:19


Theoretician Sun 25-Jan-15 10:58:33

Well I didn't read your post properly, thought you were talking about the UK 1%, so googled the world 1% in order to make a snarky comment, then realised that actually that is what you were talking about in the first place. (Google tells me that you need in income of $34K US to be in the world top 1%, which is currently about £22.5K.)

dangerrabbit Sun 25-Jan-15 10:58:59

Maybe it was a typo and OP meant £200000

HeyMicky Sun 25-Jan-15 10:58:59

1% of the population do not own 99% of the wealth. That is a frequently misquoted statistic.

Of course wealth should be redistributed more equally but perhaps we should start with some accurate figures?

ethnicalMarion Sun 25-Jan-15 10:59:57

No my figures are right, average wage in the uk are in the 1% globally. That's a year.

Theoretician Sun 25-Jan-15 11:00:04

OK, "the 1%" is usually a reference to wealth, but the OP is talking about income.

WannaBe Sun 25-Jan-15 11:00:24


yellowdinosauragain Sun 25-Jan-15 11:00:50

I too think you have your figures wrong.

However, I am one of the 1% if your figures are not wrong. I work my nuts off for that, both in terms of hard work to get there in the first place and now, and have a massive mortgage. We have only had one holiday abroad as a family in 5 years and are far from profligate with not much in the way of savings. I'm sure it would be possible to make more savings in how we live and I know people manage on less, but given how hard me and dh both work I don't see why we should.

So honestly you've put my back up. I pay my (higher rate) taxes without complaint. Fuck off with your entitlement to my hard earned wages angry

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