Middle Income Britain: time for a new agenda
The TUC Touchstone pamphlet, Life in the Middle, received wide media coverage on its launch last week. There were half page analyses in the Financial Times and The Guardian and news reports in The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express and The Daily Mail and a very detailed analysis on the BBC website. The Daily Express and Daily Mail also dedicated full page columns by their lead political columnists to the pamphlet, The Daily Mirror’s Kevin Maguire covered it and The Observer also had a column on Life in the Middle describing the pamphlet as “rich and fascinating” .
The pamphlet’s author, Stewart Lansley, and myself did interviews for the Today programme on Radio 4 and for Radio 5 and the pamphlet was covered on BBC2’s Working Lunch. In addition, this blog received a record-breaking number of visitors on Thursday and Friday while the pamphlet was also mentioned on a wide number of other blogs including comment pieces on Liberal Conspiracy and Comment is Free.
The plan now is to move rapidly to doing more work on the type of policy agenda that can help remedy the problems faced by “Mibs” (that’s Middle Income Britons to the uninitiated). Fairer tax and fairer wages are clearly central but my hunch is that the analysis provided by Life in the Middle is strong enough and important enough to generate a far wider range of policy initiatives. Of course, further developments will all be reported in full here on the Touchstone blog.