Polly Toynbee and David Walker are becoming our latter-day Beatrice and Sidney Webb ... indefatigable researchers of and campaigners for a better society. The duo spare nothing and nobody in their robust dissection of today's Britain and how Labour, while still doing some good, muffed a once-in-fifty-years opportunity for change. It's a requiem for one government and a benchmark for the next
This book is shot through with fairness and tinged with regret. As an audit of what the Blair and Brown governments did and didn't do from a Centre-Left perspective, Toynbee and Walker will hold the field for a very long time
Combining meticulous research and interviews, bringing to light the experiences and attitudes of ordinary voters
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Polly Toynbee,David Walker
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Against the backdrop of the current recession, journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker present a worrying account of social inequality in Britain today. Shredding the myth that executives require astronomical salaries, they put the case for higher taxation of the very rich. This was once the heart of Labour ideology, but politicians now seem almost embarrassed to raise the subject. Toynbee and Walker demolish the arguments against higher taxation, and show how government policy could revitalize British society.