Why oh why didn’t we see it coming?
I shouldn’t bother, but it annoys me. There is a throw-away line in the excellent review by John Lloyd (pictured) of the current state of progressive politics:
At gloomy meetings of UK and US progressives in Oxford and London earlier this month, the former Blair adviser Roger Liddle admitted that British Labourites hadn’t anticipated the huge growth of inequality and the rising popular anger that now attends it.
There is a good reason why they failed to anticipate it, which is that it did not happen. As I wrote recently (and, although you should never go below the line, the comments are a tribute to the evidence-based open-mindedness of my readers), the degree of income inequality hardly changed in the New Labour years, while the valedictory act of the Brown government was a marked increase in equality in the fiscal year 2010/11.Tagged in: equality, Gini, inequality
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