Thanks Phil - to add.
What kind of society are we living in when we are told to bow down before the heads of corporations and except their demands to be paid millions yet then look to employ people to care for children, the elderly, the disabled and the vulnerable at the cheapest rate possible?
It really offers an understanding of the values of our society when we see the role of looking after those we 'love and care about' as being a minimum wage role. Indeed, some 'care' providers have causght onto the fact that if you include a car an acommodation into the package then the cost of these can be deducted from the minimum wage, allowing for even greater profit potential for the company shareholders.
If I was looking to procure care for my mother I would not be asking 'and how cheaply can you do that?' When I looked for childcarers so as to be able to return to work I looked at quality before cost, and even then felt slightly embarrassed how little the nursery staff were paid from my tax credits. Yet, as a nation we are told to screw down the carers, cut back these public servants (even though privatised), and not consider their pension of living needs.
It is probably the sickest single symptom of what is wrong with the values of Britain today. Concentrating on the price of care ignores the cost of failing to care.