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Dream on.

SIR - You ask if Geldof changed the world again (July 4)? Are you sure he changed it before? Sure, he built a metaphorical bypass to speed Live Aid along its way, but all it did was ensure that the next crisis would be slightly delayed.

No individual can change the world. Neither will a gathering of the most powerful people on the planet.

Why, not even Jesus Christ could - have we not been told to expect a second coming to sort out the next big mess?

Life and death - in respect of humanity or the universe itself - has a momentum all of its own. Only nature has the power to challenge our destructive path.

The super-rich, the 225 wealthiest individuals in the world, have a combined wealth of over $1 trillion - equal to the annual income of roughly the poorest 50% of the entire world's population, and greater than the Gross Domestic Product of the entire continent of Africa, home to over 600 million people.

Sure, Bill Gates the great philanthropist gives to charity, yet he remains one of the world's richest individuals. Does anyone seriously believe that for every dollar he donates he does not use his various interests to claw it back?

If I win a million on the Lottery this week, and, God willing, have a fair run and a tail wind before my final departure call, my estate should hopefully read Net Assets Nil.

If the wealthiest man in town - who I saw the other day buy a Lottery ticket - wins a million, when he pops his clogs he will have turned it into a couple of million, but no one will have benefited except those who will inherit his fortune.

You see, the wealthy and the powerful are driven only by the need to increase their wealth and power. If you honestly believe that the aforementioned 225 super rich, together with eight of the most powerful individuals on the planet, will redistribute to help others - well, dream on...


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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 7, 2005
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