Unjust Rewards

Ending The Greed That Is Bankrupting Britain

David Walker,Polly Toynbee

Published: 2 March 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781847080967


The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Against the backdrop of the current recession, journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker present a worrying account of social inequality in Britain today. Shredding the myth that executives require astronomical salaries, they put the case for higher taxation of the very rich. This was once the heart of Labour ideology, but politicians now seem almost embarrassed to raise the subject. Toynbee and Walker demolish the arguments against higher taxation, and show how government policy could revitalize British society.

About the author

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David Walker is Managing Director, Communications and Public Reporting, at the Audit Commission. He was formerly editor of the Guardian's 'Public' magazine and before that Chief Leader Writer for the Independent. He is a member of the council of the Economic and Social Research Council and a trustee of the Franco-British Council. He is co-author of Sources Close to the Prime Minister, The Times Guide to the New British State and, with Polly Toynbee, Unjust Rewards: Did Things Get Better and Better or Worse: Did Labour Deliver? More about the author

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Polly Toynbee is a political and social commentator for the Guardian. Previously she was the BBC's Social Affairs Editor and a columnist for the Independent and the Observer. She is the author of, among others, Hard Work: Life in Low-Pay Britain, Hospital and Lost Children. With David Walker she has written two audits of Labour's first and second terms, Did Things Get Better? and Better or Worse?: Did Labour Deliver? More about the author


‘... a brilliant blend of moving human stories, cast-iron statistics and real-world solutions to our great national scandal’



‘An unrelenting exposé of the growing chasm of inequality in Britain, and the implications it has on a society where social mobility is dictated by class ... robust in its criticism ... unflinching in offering very difficult answers to huge social injustices’

‘Compulsory reading for anyone on £162,000 and over’

‘The great strength of this book is not so much in the remedies it suggests, some of which are controversial, but in its appeal to the reader's imagination, sense of fairness and common humanity’

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