Clothes maketh not the millionaire

08/07/2012

Some people who thought they were dressed as millionaires protested  outside the Prime Minister’s home yesterday against the proposal to sell a minority share of a few state owned companies .

They dressed that way to make a point and one point they made was about their ignorance.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to buy shares. A lot of people who are of far more modest means will have the good sense to invest some money when the partial floats are done.

They also showed their ideas about how millionaires dress are rooted in fantasy.

Those in the photo in the link above were dressed as any man, regardless of his financial status, might be for a formal occasion.

These clothes aren’t normal day wear for anyone, except perhaps a doorman, and you can’t necessarily judge people’s worth by what they wear.

Few if any at a seminar a couple of months ago would have owned businesses worth at less than a few million dollars. Had they been urban business people they might have been dressed for the office. But these were farmers. The only ones in suits were staff of the bank hosting the seminar, the rest of the people were tidily but  casually dressed.

If only the protesters understood that clothes maketh not a millionaire.

But the reality of ordinary people who through dint of their own ability and hard work have managed to make money from successful businesses  wouldn’t suit their narrative.

Nor would the idea that ordinary people who work for wages and salaries save and will be keen to invest in shares which ought to bring a far better return than leaving it in the bank and far safer than many finance companies.


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