Let's Talk About Ceps
Yes yes, but you're collapsing into an 'everything is relative' zone there (or would if you continued along that line of argument).
Well the simple fact is that it is - things we think of as basic necessary amenities were considered luxuries in recent historical times. Though I concede that this isn't really a fruitful road to go down as you soon end up in "Just be grateful you don't have rickets and weren't working down the coal mine when you were three" territory, so I'll leave it there.
I think it's clear, in 2013, that as 'we' (the West) can provide clean water and food to live to everyone on the planet, 'we' should (or rather, facilitate it happening by giving shitloads of money - obv as above, this won't happen).
Is this really the case, though? About food, I mean? The global flow of food is generally from developing countries to developed ones, isn't it? And surely I'm not the first person to point out how problematic it is to approach all questions of overseas poverty simply by throwing aid at them. I mean it completely destroys the local economy and ends up causing aid dependency, which is exactly what you don't want if you're trying to promote meaningful development. The countries that are now developed didn't get that way by being given "shitloads of money" - they achieved it primarily through the development of industry.
And in terms of rich people buying to let, you could cap the number of houses they'd allowed to do this with, and improve rental laws in favour of the renter.
Just some sort of sensible cap on the amount of rent you can charge for a given property type in a given area would make a huge difference.
Only thing I'd say - while mixed families are a barometer, the sexualisation of race can be one of the most fucked up things ever...
Of course you can never tell these things from the outside, but it generally looks like ordinary married (or not) couples where one parent - perhaps the dad, perhaps the mum - is non-white while the other is white. Rather than white girls fetishizing the hypersexual Negro or whatever.
Are we talking Cowley Road btw (that's the area I know), or further east?
Yeah, Cowley Road and environs, not Cowley proper/Blackbird Leys further east, which I gather is a bit of a shithole.