I’ve posted below a link to a column in the Guardian by Polly Toynbee re the child poverty target in the UK.
If you follow the comments below her column, it is striking how the response from the right precisely matches the recent discourse in Canada and comes with the same manifest untruths (eg that relative poverty must always exist, by definition.)
That said, as Michael Mendelson has noted, it is disappointing that Toynbee and child poverty advocates in the UK turn so strongly and automatically to costly increased transfers as the solution, as opposed to higher wages and lower wage inequality. For my money, we need both (an, in fairness Toynbee has been a strong advocate of living wages as well.).
- Child poverty rampant in Canadian cities (May 8th, 2013)
- Boost the Minimum Wage, Boost the Economy (February 27th, 2013)
- Why The Income Inequality Deniers Are Wrong (December 21st, 2012)
- The Right Response to “No Job Is A Bad Job” (August 17th, 2012)
- To address health inequalities, look beyond the role of individual responsibility (August 14th, 2012)