Not really sure he proved that even once, though. He showed us our ideal distribution of wealth, what we thought the distribution probably is in reality and then the real amounts. What he unfortunately left out was some real numbers, i.e. wealth per person in each category - for all we know the ‘squeezed middle’ are wealthy and especially so compared to other EU countries.
It should come as little surprise that the bottom 20% of society have less than 1% of wealth considering we have something like 1.5 million people in receipt of (overly generous) weekly social welfare payments. I know we already have an extensive thread on this, but how many of those million-plus people do we have living week-to-week with their accommodating paid for by the state (rent allowance/social housing) and receiving nearly €200? I’m not criticising that life - to each their own - but perpetually supporting a large cohort of the population with extremely generous social welfare payments is more likely the reason for hope of upward mobility worsening as there is little incentive to be independent.
He actually didn’t prove that the gap between rich and poor was worsening save for some anecdotal ‘evidence’ - there was no comparison between, say, 10 years ago to show that the distribution of wealth has become more concentrated in the upper echelons.
Then we have his strange insights into the life of the super wealthy- including revealing that people who use private jets need to eat food and, oh look, people can spend £100,000 on a Bulgari watch (yet he never actually asked the guy how much Irish people spend, making it totally irrelevant as it should come as no surprise that oligarch-types spend obscene amounts in London). He is right, however, that Irish people have been very hesitant to flash cash in Ireland and are more overtly wealthy abroad with their money. When Cartier was still in Brown Thomas, a member of their staff informed me that there was a huge appetite for their products and that they were still doing very well (lack of sales wasn’t the reason they closed), but that people often came in to try things and waited for their next trip to London to buy them - that they didn’t want to be seen buying anything in Dublin at the height of the recession. Not likely to have been much to do with exchange rates as brands of this level tend to change prices swiftly to reflect large swings in currency values - hence why prices have shot up in Europe as of late.