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Consider maximum wage, says Tony Benn
A MAXIMUM wage should be considered to make a better society, Labour grandee Tony Benn says.
The veteran left wing politician, speaking in Gerrards Cross, believes the current state of the country, and the world more widely, calls for a review of what people can earn.
There has been widespread public outcry about the earnings of some top bosses, particularly at banks bailed out by the taxpayer.
Huge bonuses have been the subject of scrutiny, with calls from critics to severely cap them.
Talking to the Bucks Free Press and sister magazine Elite, for a forthcoming edition, Mr Benn revealed salaries would be a key issue he would encourage the current Labour leadership to address.
“I think one of the big problems in Britain and the world a as whole there's a very wide gap between the very rich and everyone else,” the former Government Minister, 87, said.
“We have a minimum wage, maybe we ought to almost think of a maximum income because we get billions going to the bankers and then there's people getting their pensions cut.
“I think that would help build a better society and it would also mean there's less unemployment."
More even pay would give the average person more money to spend and help boost the economy, he believes.
Asked if he thought the bankers had not paid enough for their role in the financial crash, he said: “It's not the bankers personally but it's the system which allows huge profits at the top.
“Quite a number of them (politicians) are talking about it but I think it needs to be made more emphatic.”
Mr Benn, who served under two Labour Prime Ministers, was the special guest at a Wayfarers open meeting in Gerrards Cross Methodist Church.
He praised the organisers, including then Wayfarers chairman Ken Walker, and thanked the audience for their warm welcome and applause.
The Stop The War Coalition President greeted audience members after the talk to pose for photos and sign autographs.