Thursday, 2 July 2015

David Cameron abolishes poverty?!

Cameron and the Tory party turn their back on the poor:
Cameron chooses a clever time to scorn the international poverty measure –people living at below 60% of a nation’s median income. That measure means that during recessions when the median falls, the number in poverty may fall too, without the poor being a penny better off. The latest poverty figures, for 2013/14, show that effect as poverty didn’t rise on that measure, with middling wages still depressed. But over any length of time, measuring how many people fall how far below a nation’s normal standard of living, the middle point, is essential to judge a society’s progress. What else is there? Measuring a British child against a Somalian?
Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

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