The economic imperative

Stewart Lansley

As the general election creeps into view, focusing Labour minds on how to draw together a wide-ranging policy review into a realistic programme for government, there is a growing debate on the merits of ‘predistribution’ in tackling inequality. Is it better to aim for reducing the dispersion of market incomes or rely mainly on ‘redistribution`…


Miliband and the middle

Andrew Harrop

This morning Ed Miliband set out to welcome Daily Telegraph readers into the ranks of the ‘squeezed middle’. Until now the focus of Labour’s ‘cost of living crisis’ has been on people with low-ish incomes. But from now on, when Labour says ‘middle’ it means ‘middle class’ too. It’s well known that in Britain, ‘middle’…


The Inequality Boom

Howard Reed

Howard Reed finds that the impact of the coalition’s tax and benefit measures could end being as bad for inequality as the Thatcher government’s record. Turning the tide needs to be at the heart of Labour’s strategy for government Concern about the extreme inequalities of incomes produced by capitalist societies has traditionally been a central…

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