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.
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.