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Shocked: Jeremy Vine.

Veteran broadcaster Jeremy Vine had a nasty shock when he saw a graph showing the change in average income between the richest and the poorest people in the UK.

While Tory dissemblers like Philip Hammond told the world the poorest have benefited the most from Tory tax and benefit changes, the chart by the OECD showed that – in real terms – the poorest people in the UK have lost money, while the richest have increased their income massively.

This is a man who has spent the last eight years reporting and commenting on every political and economic development the United Kingdom has undergone – and he had no idea that the poorest were being pushed further into poverty.

Some of our favourite commentators have drawn attention to his reaction – and the dissonance between it and the realities of life:

But the real question is: What difference will it make?

Now that Mr Vine knows what the stories he has been reporting actually mean, will it change the way he reports them?

Will he be allowed to ask the questions that need to be asked? Or will he just ignore them and carry on as normal?

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