David Beckham reckons that his £128m move to an LA football team (hilariously called LA Galaxy - they really don’t get it, bless ‘em, do they?) is NOT motivated by money alone.
Probably not: his wife fancies herself as a celebrity, she’s stick thin (de rigeur in that vacuous city) and they’re after a particular standard of living they think they’ll get over there. In short, they like it in Los Angeles, and want to live there. Fair do.
The point, though, is this: so what if his move IS motivated entirely by money? It’s £128 million we’re talking about here, not 50 quid’s worth of luncheon vouchers and a packet of Cadbury’s buttons. Who wouldn’t be tempted?
Or perhaps the bigger question: what is it about the British national psyche that makes us regard the pursuit (and enjoyment) of wealth to be somehow ‘common’ and shameful?