The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has suggested that there should be a cap on maximum earnings.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I would like there to be some kind of high earnings cap, quite honestly.
“I can’t put a figure on it and I don’t want to at the moment. The point I’m trying to make is that we have the worst levels of income disparity of most of the OECD countries.
“It is getting worse. And corporate taxation is a part of it. If we want to live in a more egalitarian society, and fund our public services, we cannot go on creating worse levels of inequality.”
The Labour leader reiterated this was not a specific policy – merely “a view on it” – and answered when questioned on it again: “I would like to see a maximum earnings limit, quite honestly, because I think that would be a fairer thing to do. Because we cannot set ourselves up as being a grossly unequal, bargain basement economy on the shores of Europe.
“We have to be something that is more egalitarian, gives real opportunities to everybody and properly funds our public services.”
On Sky News, he said the cap would be “somewhat higher” than his current salary (£138,000), before asking the question: “Why would someone need to earn more than £50million a year?"
The issue also came up when the 67-year-old was on Good Morning Britain this morning. He said that later today, in a speech at Peterborough, a marginal Conservative seat, he will provide: “[A] clear definition that we protect the working conditions and wage levels that are here [for a post-Brexit migration system].
“Some companies – particularly in the construction industry – are making a fortune out of getting rid of workers in this country on one set of pay and conditions and bringing in others to replace them.
“That creates awful tensions in those communities.”