The Spirit Level By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (Allen Lane, £20)
Unjust Rewards By Polly Toynbee and David Walker (Granta, £7.99)
Francis Bacon once said that money is like muck: of no use unless it is equally spread. It’s a view that would be wholly endorsed by all four of the authors under review, although for rather different reasons.
For Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, whose The Spirit Level has been making policy waves on both sides of the Atlantic, the problem with inequality is not so much its unfairness as its effects on the wider society.…
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