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Barack Obama vowed to tackle it in his State of the Union speech in January. Last month, Ed Milliband said it is the new centre ground in politics. Christine Lagarde of the IMF thinks it deserves urgent attention. Alan Greenspan thinks it’s the most dangerous part of what’s going on in the US. The OECD and national statistical agencies produce ever-greater amounts of data on it. Income inequality, take a bow, it looks like your time has come. But as I’ll explain, bringing the subject of income inequality into the mainstream is relatively simple, compared to the challenge of getting…

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