Jeremy Corbyn wins clear majority support for his ‘Maximum Wage’

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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5 thoughts on “Jeremy Corbyn wins clear majority support for his ‘Maximum Wage’

  1. Dave cripps

    Forget minimum’living or maximum wage’concentrate on funding the NHS. Stop overseas aid nd invest it in our own country. British workers can’t work if they don’t have their health

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Funding for the NHS is dependent on wage levels because your wages dictate the amount of tax you pay and the amount of tax you pay dictates how much the NHS receives.

  2. Wanda Lozinska

    “So you might be just a little surprised to find out that not only have other countries given serious consideration to this ‘naive’ and ‘unrealistic’ idea capping executive salaries – they were doing it, or planning to do it, 9 years ago.

    The source for this information is no less an insurgent ‘alt-news’ peddler than the Wall Street Journal, that bastion of unrealistic left-wing thinking:”

    The article, from October 2008, lists the ‘at least 6 countries’ that have imposed salary caps on executives in at least some industries. And these are emphatically not small, or tinpot, or ‘failed’ states:

    Sweden
    Germany
    Switzerland
    France
    Netherlands
    Australia

    https://skwawkbox.org/2017/01/11/media-ridicules-corbyns-pay-cap-idea-7-major-countries-were-doing-it-9-yrs-ago/

  3. Paul

    One swallow does not make a summer, Mike, nor one popular policy make a party electable. Overall, currently, polls in respect to voting intention massively favour the Conservatives, Although, based on what I’ve seen or Mrs May’s leadership and her party teetering on the brink of schism over Europe, it’s no longer impossible to imagine Labour regaining some support before the next general election. Although Labour still has a mountain to climb, needing to win more than a hundred and five MORE seats taken from other parties, in order to form a government. This happy scenario seem very unlikely to me to happen, from where I’m standing, based on where the party and party leadership is languishing as far as public support is concerned right now,

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’m running a poll of my own on Labour’s policies. So far, it’s not looking good for the naysayers: 842 views but only 40 votes, of which 28 (70 per cent) are for ‘Other’.
      And I advertised the poll to the Tories, Liberal Democrats and UKIP.
      From what I’m seeing, it seems the public lack of support is based on nothing but hot air from the Tories and their compliant media.

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