The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

History teaches us a thing or two.  There’s no hiding from history, so isn’t it about time we cut to the chase and told it like it is.

In 2011, in the UK, 20% of households have no assets whatsoever.

In 2011, in the UK, 10% of people own 71% of our national wealth.

In 2011, globally 1% of the “top” people own 32% of all assets.

In 2011, globally 0.6% of the “top, top” people have a controlling influence on 78% of all assets.

In 2011, in the UK ,on average, working hours are approximately the same as they were in 1911.

In 2011, in the UK, on average, working households have less disposable income than they did in 1911.

2013 will be the centenary year of Robert Tressell’s book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.  In the one hundred years since it was first published, it seems to me we have progressed very little, if at all.

Perhaps in these times where, in some places, hardship and poverty are only bywords for “not having enough”, and where social upheaval is probable, the more people who read this book the more inevitable and enlightened the revolution will be.  Click the link to go straight to Amazon,  The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists . . .


© Rivenrod 2011


  1. Hi – this is Chloe from “Writing Days-Happy Days” with my new blog. Just to let you know I’ve subscribed to your blog now as Blossom Dreams. Please visit if you get a chance (if you haven’t already).

    Chloe xx


    1. True. The potential influence of this book is hugely underestimated not just in terms of revealing a slice of history but, as you allude, to changing perceptions.

      All the best,



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