This morning I was catching up on yesterday’s  (Tuesday 11/ 08/09)  Daily Mail, as I was busy yesterday.

I was amazed to read a letter from the aptly named Goldsacks family. It said that they were a family of three who had each invested the maximum £30,000 in Premium Bonds in  December 2007. 

I thought, “Lucky them to have such a large sum to enable them to set this aside, as they presumably have other more accessible funds in addition to this.”

They were not, however, thankful for their good fortune, but complaining that their winnings “could be calculated in hundreds, not thousands, of pounds, since we bought them in 2007.”   They then went on to say that it would be fairer  if  only those with £20,000 + should be eligible for the million pound prize!

It is not just the sheer greed of this that appals me, but the fact that,  as people with so much disposable capital,  they do not know the difference between a guaranteed return and a gamble. We saw the same thing with people bleating about their poor dividends in failing banks etc.

Any investment is a gamble even the safer ones like building society deposit accounts are subject to the vagaries of the interest rates.

Most of life has a risk element attached to it, so it is no use acting like a spoilt child and crying, “It’s not fair” You just have to accept that sometimes life is not fair. The greedy and unscrupulous sometimes appear to prosper and the “good” sometimes seem to get all the knocks, but that is life, whether we like it or not.

Shortly after reading that letter I turned the radio on for the news and heard about the people affected by the typhoon in Taiwan. Hundreds missing , feared dead, and the suvivors who are left have nothing but the clothes they are wearing. Surely  if anyone is, it is they who are entitled to say, “It’s not fair”

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