The Prime Minister has changed his line. In his conference speech last month he said:
The rich will pay a greater share of tax in every year of this Parliament than in any one of the 13 years under Labour.
(I examined the claim here and here.) At Prime Minister’s Questions today he said:
The richest in our [...]
Obviously the Living Wage is a lovely idea. And so is the offer of a free iPhone 5 for anyone who wants one. Hopi Sen has coined the term “pony polling” for the sort of opinion survey that asks, “Would you like a pony and have someone else pay for it?”
Well, the Living Wage is [...]
The Treasury has finally supplied an answer to my question about the basis on which the Prime Minister and the Chancellor claimed in their party conference speeches that the rich are paying a greater share of tax than under the previous government. I have written about it in The Independent on Sunday today.
George Osborne, in [...]
I once wrote a book called The Rich Get Richer, which was about a period, the 1980s, when it was true.
Since then, I have spent much of my time trying to point out that, despite what everybody knows, the degree of inequality in Britain has stayed about the same since the sharp increase during the [...]
I see so much rot written about trans people that I just don’t know anymore. Does anyone – from legal correspondents to sports editors – really know what they’re writing about?
Our work with young people, and in-depth research into last summer’s riots, shows that stop-and-search was a key causal factor in the violence that swept the country.
Mr Gove and the Government are developing academies and free schools to give more ‘choice to parents’. Ironically, this will give parents, as a whole, less choice. It will lead to greater exclusion of troubled children, more forced segregation of disabled children, more hate crime and will create a more unequal society.
A Spanish designer, Dolores Cortes, has chosen a baby girl with Downs Syndrome, Valentina Guerrero, to appear on the cover of her US catalogue. It’s a bold move guaranteed to generate a little extra publicity and I welcome her decision; personally I find the image refreshing, it makes me smile to see a cute, happy young child regardless of her disability and it’s constructive to stir up the conversation about disability in advertising again.
This week The Voice, Britain’s biggest and longest running Black newspaper, became the subject of headlines itself after their request to access the Olympic Games was denied.
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 [...]
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