Unjust Rewards: Ending the Greed that is Bankrupting Britain

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In this urgent polemic, Guardian journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker meet people from across the earning spectrum and discover just how greedy, dysfunctional and unfair Britain has become. They shred the myth that top executives require astronomical salaries, and ask if the recent media focus on pay has changed attitudes enough. They put the case for higher taxation of the very rich and challenge all political parties to re-think taxes and the programmes they finance. They argue that in the current desperate climate, changes in government policy are needed more than ever to make Britain a fairer, less angry place.

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About the author (2009)

Polly Toynbee is a political and social commentator. She is the author of, among others, Hard Work: Life in Low-Pay Britain, Hospital; and a collection of journalism. 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?

David Walker edits Public and was formerly chief leader writer of the Independent. He is a member of the council of the Economic and Social Research Council, a non-executive director of the National Centre for Social Research and a trustee of the Nuffield Trust for health policy studies. He is author of The Times Guide to the New British State and co-author of Sources Close to the Prime Minister, Did Things Get Better and Better or Worse, did Labour deliver?

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