Richard Wilkinson explains how inequality harms society

On the subject of inequality, this TED talk by Richard Wilkinson makes good use of data to show that unequal incomes can have a dramatic negative effect across society.

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A rising tide raises all boats. Nice, if you can afford a boat.

Chart showing how in The US the average salary rose as production rose, until the 1980's. The charts below are from a September 2011 New York Times article, The Limping Middle Class. I moan a lot about shoddy infographics on this blog, but this isn’t one of those – this takes some complicated information and turns it into a story to make a very powerful point.

An informational graphic. See how it’s supposed to work?

I wonder if a similar presentation of UK data would be equally eye-opening?

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