Inequality is the scourge of modern Britain. Is it finally about to be addressed? | Larry Elliott

A damning new study on social injustice should mirror the postwar Beveridge report, and call for wholesale changes to the economyReports by the great and the good are ten a penny. All too often they are an excuse for kicking a tricky political issue de…

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Britain risks heading to US levels of inequality, warns top economist

Sir Angus Deaton says UK is at risk of extreme inequality in pay, wealth and healthRising inequality in Britain risks putting the country on the same path as the US to become one of the most unequal nations on earth, according to a Nobel-prize winning …

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England’s northern towns need real power – not May’s billion-pound bribe | Paul Mason

A regional revolution in England is long overdue. Here’s how to deliver itGet off the train in Wigan and the first thing you see is a branch of Cash Converters. Turn right, up Wallgate, and you are in a landscape familiar in post-industrial Britain, wi…

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The Guardian view on London and England: a deep divide | Editorial

The faultline between London and the rest of England must be healed. It won’t be easyThe texture of life in any country is made of a pattern of small things endlessly repeated until they become too familiar to be visible at all: what is it like to go t…

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The demise of the middle classes is toxifying British politics | Larry Elliott

As the rewards of the digital age are hoarded at the top, automation and flexible working are hollowing out the rest of the economyBack when he was leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband came up with a phrase to describe those who, while not exactly p…

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Women bear the brunt of high street closures and job losses

In 2019 the number of retail jobs held by women fell by 3.4% but for men it was down only 0.2%Debenhams store closures put at least 1,200 jobs at riskFull list: the 22 stores Debenhams will close next yearThe wave of store closures and job losses that …

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