I just came across this shocking article about the cost of Cherie Blair’s hair maintenance.
The article claims that during the month leading up to the 2005 general election, the wife of the British Prime Minister spent £275 per day on personal hairstyling, mounting up to a total bill of £7,700.
I find it utterly sickening and irresponsible that the wife of the Labour party leader should squander wads of cash on hairspray and grooming while half of the world’s population lives below the poverty line.
I am writing this blog entry from India where a rural family of five will feed and clothe itself with the equivalent of £13 a month. Not to mention the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are sleeping in shacks, hovels and bare pavements on city streets while buses, trucks, cars and motorcycles spew toxic fumes just metres away.
The world is crying out for leaders who are firmly established in morality, universal spirituality and who look upon our peoples and planet with compassion and empathy.
The political world is ridden with this disease of hypocrisy. Empty notions of justice are worn like glittery badges at election time. But, when it comes to making real steps towards social progress, setting an example by one’s own conduct or, dare I say it, making some kind of personal sacrifice for the greater good, these so called leaders and their spouses would rather be splashing out on super-protein shampoo and ceramic hair straighteners than helping the development of the third-world.