Is Equality Fair?

Jemima Olchawski, Tom Hampson


In this Fabian Special, John Denham, Kate Green, Stewart Lansley,Jemima Olchawski, Ben Page and Zoe Williams respond to new Fabian work on public attitudes to fairness.

The work, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, found that most people think that ‘deserved’ inequalities are fair, and attitudes towards those on low incomes were often more negative than attitudes towards the rich. However, we also found that people strongly support progressive tax and benefits.

“If we ever give up on the challenges of fairness and equality the centre left will have lost all meaning. The Fabian research on voter attitudes doesn’t tell us to give up; it just asks us to think about how we move forward.” 

John Denham MP

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