Jeremy Corbyn's 'maximum wage' comment has provoked a huge debate about inequality on Twitter

Jeremy Corbyn's 'maximum wage' comment has provoked a huge debate about inequality on Twitter

Jeremy Corbyn said some salaries paid to company bosses and top footballers were “utterly ridiculous” and that there should be a cap on their income to stop it soaring.

The idea immediately received widespread criticism, with a former adviser branding it “idiotic”. Later, his spokesman said he “misspoke” and when asked about it during another interview, Corbyn said a better way of curbing executive pay was by controlling the pay ratio between the highest and lowest earners in a company.

The Labour leader was doing a series of broadcast interviews ahead of his first major speech of the year focusing on Britain’s future after Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn
Uncontroversial as ever (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

He told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: “If we want to live in a more egalitarian society and fund our public services, we cannot go on creating worse levels of inequality.

“I would like to see a maximum earnings limit, quite honestly, because I think that would be a fairer thing to do. We cannot set ourselves up as being a sort of grossly unequal, bargain-basement economy on the shores of Europe.”

But it’s caused an interesting debate on Twitter, whether he “misspoke” or not.  Many believe a pay cap is completely out of the question.

What about tax revenue?

It could be too easy for the super rich to avoid anyway.

And these people have a point about Corbyn’s OWN salary.

But not everyone feels that way.

And some think it’s really possible.

Although his choice of words may have gone down like a lead balloon, many think his point was an important one to make.

Maybe high salaries aren’t the problem.

Or maybe it’s all bad.

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