The only way to curb the current inflation in the UK without imposing unbearable costs on workers is to tax corporate profits and wealth and incomes derived from those profits. Keir Starmer’s Labour Party refuses to do so.
Grace Blakeley is a staff writer at Tribune, and the author of Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation.
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