Work isn’t a route out of poverty but a poverty trap when millions of grafters earn less than a living wage.
The scourge of low pay means most poor people are in households where someone works.
That’s inequity and not only inequality.
Prime Minister’s Questions wasn’t a highly-charged, fire and brimstone clash after the Brexit wars of recent weeks but we saw a crucial political dividing line painted between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
The Tory leader is complacent, ignorant or doesn’t care about breadline Britons and the misery inflicted by low pay and benefit cuts with Universal Credit playing its malign part.
My 20p would be on complacency laced with a nasty dose of uncaring.
The Labour leader, whatever his other faults, recognises as a former trade union official the injustice of a fair day’s work never equalling a fair day’s pay.
For the Government to be paying agency staff as little as the £7.83 an hour of a minimum wage dishonestly rebranded a “living” wage makes May part of the problem when experts calculate a real living wage is £10.55 in London and £9,000 elsewhere.
Foodbank Britain, Corbyn citing an 80% rise in folk relying on charity to eat in Work Secretary Amber Rudd’s Hastings constituency, is the unwanted child of Tory austerity.
Corbyn gets that, burning with anger. May disgracefully looks the other way. I’m told when she visited a local Foodbank in her Maidenhead constituency she didn’t even donate a can of beans.