However, I would just like to highlight what is a severe difference in priorities as I see, via Westmonster, that people are paying stupid amounts for a computer game console.
A shortage of one of this year's must-have gifts is sure to cause tears and tantrums on Christmas morning.
And the children won't be too pleased either.
The Nintendo Wii—a computer games console designed to appeal to adults as well as youngsters—has sold out in shops across the country.
Chains such as Game, HMV, Woolworths and Tesco say they are receiving more stock only sporadically and the consoles are changing hands for up to £500 on internet auction sites - a huge mark-up on their list price of £179.
Even allowing for inflation, the list price is rather high. As a real-world example, the absolute high-end price limit for my Christmas present was £25. £179 was in the realms of fantasy and for my parents to spend £500 would be absolutely unthinkable (and still is).
To come back to the main point, I am indeed privileged in that my parents were able to even comtemplate sending me to a fee-paying school, but the point is that the greater part of the cash came through my father making foresighted investments prior to my birth and taking out fee-paying insurance plans immediately afterwards. And not spending £500 on a fucking gaming console (I was the first member of our family to buy a computer of any type, back in 1997).
As I said, priorities...