Time for the backlash

September 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

The rabid right is all a-quiver on account of The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (see ‘Some are more equal than others’ 26 April) I urge you to buy/read the book itself, but in case you missed it, these nice epidemiologists found strong statistical evidence for links between income inequality and other forms of unpleasantness (infant mortality, gun crime, prison population blah blah).

 Granted, those of us on the left are more likely to be receptive to this message ‘cos it chimes in with what we think. But the forces of darkness are trying to undermine it and have plenty of support in the Murdoch press (imagine my surprise….) Wilkinson and Pickett have done a pretty good job of defending their stats so far, but battle is joined even as I write. Being of a naturally optimistic bent I choose to see the upside of this: at least the book’s had an impact!


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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