The Labour leader delivering a speech at a Fabian Society conference in London [Image: AFP].

The naysayers among This Site’s loyal readership will already be berating me for referring to a poll: “But Mike,” they’ll be thinking, “you keep telling us not to trust the polls!”

Yes indeed. Those same critics are usually the first to point out that poll errors are usually in favour of Labour, and a lead of 17 per cent by the other side may be taken as solid fact.

Well, this time there’s a 17 per cent lead for Labour. By our critics’ own standards, it is unassailable.

Yes – I remain sceptical of polls. But, in context, it seems hard to argue against these findings.

That just leaves those who have spent the last few days telling me the Maximum Wage is a stupid idea.

(I have a strange feeling these are the same people who argued against the Minimum Wage, on the same grounds – that it would ruin the economy. The Minimum Wage was introduced and the economy was fine. Banker greed took it off the rails instead.)

So to the critics – bearing in mind that there remains no limit to the proposed maximum wage, as long as the minimum wage paid to employees remains about one-twentieth of that amount – let us ask, again: What exactly is your problem?

Jeremy Corbyn’s recent proposal to introduce a cap on executive wages at firms with government contracts is backed by the majority of the public, a new poll suggests.

Research for The Independent reveals that the government encouraging companies to introduce a wage cap for bosses earning more than 20 times that of their lowest paid worker is supported by 57 per cent of the public. Just 30 per cent of those surveyed disagreed, however, suggesting the government should not try to set a limit while 13 per cent said “don’t know”.

The results also found similar responses among all age groups and across all areas of the country, suggesting there is a high degree of enthusiasm for the policy, which was floated by the Labour leader in Peterborough. Even among Conservative voters, the proposal is supported by 47 per cent, with just over 40 per cent in opposition. The figure is much higher with those who voted Labour at the 2015 election, at 68 per cent.

Source: Majority of public support Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to cap bosses’ salaries, poll suggests

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