Who are the me­dia to judge what peo­ple should spend their money on?

Crit­i­cism of cloth­ing or hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions is hyp­o­crit­i­cal, com­plains Pe­tra Wet­zel

The Scotsman - - The Scotsman 200 -

Last week a strange sen­sa­tion of guilt over­came me while read­ing the news­pa­per. What had I done? Robbed a bank? Run over a rab­bit?

I have just re­turned from a fam­ily hol­i­day in Tus­cany dur­ing the midst of which my hus­band and I also had a sneaky night away in Florence, just the two of us, in a fan­tas­tic 5-star ho­tel.

They rea­son for my feel­ings of guilt? Ac­cord­ing to the me­dia, it is very po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect to go over­seas for the sum­mer, as some MPS re­cently found out when they were asked where they were go­ing on hol­i­day.

Ap­par­ently, again ac­cord­ing to said me­dia, un­less your wear a hair shirt and a cil­ice around your thigh, you are a cap­i­tal­ist who de­serves to have all their be­long­ings re­dis­tributed across so­ci­ety. What has hap­pened this sum­mer? I firmly be­lieve that so­ci­ety should take care of its weaker mem­bers. In fact, I never com­plain about pay­ing my taxes, I pro­vide a liv­ing for more than 120 peo­ple and, for the record, I have never voted Tory.

How­ever, I do not be­lieve the me­dia is do­ing so­ci­ety any favours when they start to ask where MPS go on hol­i­day, why the PM wears leather trousers or David Davis wears a £1000 watch.

Does the me­dia re­ally be­lieve that MPS (es­pe­cially MPS of a cer­tain age) should not be able to af­ford nice clothes or go on nice hol­i­days? I am sure that if I went into the of­fices of large me­dia out­lets I would see

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