Wellbeing versus Wealth

Forward thinking mindfulness update June 23rd, 2014

The central political challenge of our times.” Perhaps an abundance of money also comes with guilt at the unequal distribution of quality of life. What do you think?

DAVID CAMERON will tell business leaders today that there is “more to life than money” as he attempts to make a clean break with Thatcherism.

He will tell business leaders that “general well-being” is more important than personal wealth and will list beautiful surroundings, culture and better relationships as society’s new goals.

The Tory leader, who enjoys considerable wealth of his own, has made a timely intervention on the subject of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy. Her years in power are the subject of a television adaptation of the award-winning novel The Line of Beauty, which charts the highs and lows of the decade.

However, Mr Cameron will also use his speech to a Google Zeitgeist conference in Hertfordshire to promise that there will be no new laws to promote flexible jobs for working mothers, saying that companies should be free to find their own answers to the work-life balance.

He will make clear that a Conservative government led by him would have different priorities from Mrs Thatcher’s.

“Wealth is about so much more than pounds or euros or dollars can ever measure. It’s time we admitted that there’s more to life than money, and it’s time we focused not just on GDP, but on GWB — general well-being,” he will say.

Well-being can’t be measured by money or traded in markets. It can’t be required by law or delivered by government.

It’s about the beauty of our surroundings, the quality of our culture, and above all the strength of our relationships.

Improving our society’s sense of well-being is, I believe, the central political challenge of our times.

This is likely to be unpopular with right-wingers in his party who think that Conservatives should stand for wealth creation and tax cuts.


What are your thoughts?

Carolyn Williams


Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.





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