The answer to this question is ‘anywhere with some decent weather! Not unlike the rest of the population.
I had a short holiday in Italy and I hope to take another two weeks soon. It has been a messy break partly because of family and personal complications. I had to return early for the funeral of an old friend who bravely fought cancer so hard she deserved to win through but alas didn’t.
In between I have been doing some of the background work that enables me to keep myself up to date on various issues. One of these concerns the way we measure wealth in this country. The gap between rich and poor accelerated in the 1980’s and is still very wide. Does this matter? I think it does but the problem is complex. We live in a global economy and London attracts mega wealth. If you tax hard then you threaten London’s premier position in international finance. If you ignore it then the gap between rich and poor stays wide. If we remove the very rich from the statistics then the gap is more normal but that seems like fiddling the figures.
I am beginning to think we need a different approach to this. People do accept significant differences in wealth if the poorest are not desperately poor. That is largely true in this country except in a couple of very important ways. One of these is housing. Housing is crucial to a comfortable life and good quality, affordable housing is still not as good as it should be.
Public services are one important way a society can protect the less well of against the vagaries of market forces. Health and education have improved greatly in recent years but housing and one or two other public services need to be improved further. I hope to return to this issue in the near future and would welcome any views on this.