The politics of inequality is once again a hotly contested issue. Writing inThe Observer on 19th January, Will Hutton excoriates our non-functioning capitalism, with its ‘stunning increase in inequality, the fastest in the OECD, so that Britain now ranks 28th out of 34 countries in the equality “league table”’. The impacts of inequality have been explored by academics Richard Wilson and Kate Pickett in The Spirit Level, Danny Dorling, Robert and Edward Skidelsky amongst others. The statistics are interpreted and re-interpreted by both sides of the ideological divide: inequality is growing; inequality is being tackled. Our fastest-growing national industry appears to be Food Banks; according to the latest figures from the ONS income inequality is not growing. So who is right?
Via jean lievens