There have been big cuts in poor areas and lighter cuts in well-off districts. If there was localised dissatisfaction at the impact of these cuts on services a national poll would not necessarily pick it up.
A surprisingly large share of minimum wage workers are in the top half of the distribution. Indeed, there are more minimum wage earners in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth highest deciles than in the bottom two poorest deciles.
Moving rapidly to budget surplus makes us more vulnerable to the next crisis by keeping interest rates low.
Here is the text of Liz Kendall’s speech, “Responsibility and Reform”, delivered at Reuters this morning. (Photo: George Eaton.)
Today I’m here to talk about how Labour restores its economic credibility. How we become the responsible government this country needs – and the reforming government it deserves.
In today’s interdependent world much of our prosperity depends on [...]
Tony Blair came to the Strand Group at King’s College, London, my new academic home, yesterday, as the respondent for a talk by Michael Barber on his new book, How to Run a Government So that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy.
The video is here and the transcript is below.
Michael Barber started by talking [...]
I said that, sadly, Sir Anthony hasn’t produced post-tax estimates of the income share of those within the top 1 per cent. Happily, I was wrong on that point.
At the end of last month I interviewed the godfather of inequality research, Sir Anthony Atkinson, for The Independent to coincide with the publication of his new book “Inequality: What can be done?”
When many people think and talk about inequality what they are referring to is the disparity between the incomes of the rich and those in the middle.
The subject of inequality in Britain ought to be central to politics, but most people have fixed ideas about what is happening to the gap between rich and poor that are not soundly based. I thought I should recap what we know, after a post by Flip Chart Rick drew attention to recent OECD figures, [...]
“All of us who are responsible for children’s education are betraying their futures with our failure”
Liz Kendall is giving a speech today at De Montfort University in her Leicester West constituency. It is interesting. Here is the full text:
It’s always a pleasure to be at De Montfort University. As Earl of Leicester, Simon De Montfort summoned the first parliament that included citizens of major towns, not just the aristocracy.
Every Labour [...]
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