Still, this morning's Today programme set me thinking afresh about this. The boss of Network Rail has announced that he won't be taking a bonus this year (even though Network Rail is apparently doing well). Hurray, we say!
Last year his bonus was £300,000. Crumbs. But he will be taking another bonus which is based on long-term successes, which last year was £200,000. And his salary? A matter of public record, he says, at £600,000.
My point is that even the most conscientious and hard working members of society can only dream of earning a tenth of the figures I heard on the radio this morning. There is only so much any one person can do in a day's work.