Recently my good friend and mentor Paul Chapman died. He was ninety-one. Over the last twenty years, I have variously described Paul as a young man in his seventies, eighties and nineties. He was, in every sense of the word, extraordinary.
Talk of warm banks leaves me cold! Don’t get me wrong. The plight faced by the millions who are having to choose between eating and heating is appalling and shocking. It should shame us all in what remains one of the richest nations in the world. We need to find ways to respond. But warm banks! Really?
To reimagine the world today into the world of tomorrow as it should be, we need to enable the global transfer of wisdom amongst those so often excluded but who have so much to share.
I am fed up hearing people in this country talk about food poverty. While there are food deserts, and too many places where good quality food is too expensive and not accessible, there is not a shortage of food. For too many people, however, there is a shortage of money. And there is an acute shortage of trust.