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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker is The Verdict - Did Labour Change Britain?

£17bn hole in tax receipts has wrecked deficit-cutting plan, TUC study shows

theguardian.com — Britain's low-wage recovery has restricted income tax receipts and wrecked the government's plans to cut the deficit, according to a TUC study. The trades union body said the government is collecting £17bn less in income tax this year than predicted by the government's independent forecaster.

PD James, more deadly than the male: from the archive, 2 June 1986

theguardian.com — PD James is very much nicer to meet than her books might lead one to expect. She is warm, ebullient and modest. But in her writing there is sometimes a waspish edge, a certain contempt for many of her characters, a hint of a deep disapproval of the world and its follies.

Labour must fight off these bogus Tory attacks on class

theguardian.com — Ukip offers phoney solutions to genuine anxieties, but proves one thing: it's not who you are that matters in politics. That Nigel Farage, Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell are all privileged public school men matters not a jot to those drawn to their anti-immigration war cry.

Brace yourselves, pop fans: it’s curtains for One Direction’s Zayn

theguardian.com — Lost in Showbiz's hero of the week is One Direction's Zayn Malik, for his bold and uncompromising determination to bring curtains back as a feasible contemporary haircut.

Myleene Klass: out of catalogues, into politics?

theguardian.com — Thoughts this week must go out to poor Jeremy Paxman who, just five short months after stepping down as Newsnight's rottweiler-in-chief, has seen his reputation take a terminal battering. There was a time - a golden time, back when he was in charge of things - when using his name as a verb really meant something.

Mansion tax: most voters are with Ed Miliband, not Myleene Klass

theguardian.com — Myleene Klass isn't the only one indignant at Labour and Liberal Democrat plans for a tax on mansions worth £2m or more. In London it rankles even with some Labour supporters - from Melvin Bragg to London MPs including Glenda Jackson, whose Hampstead seat hangs by a thread, while Labour mayoral hopefuls get jumpy about offending potential donors.

Growth: the destructive God that can never be appeased

theguardian.com — Another crash is coming. We all know it, now even David Cameron acknowledges it. The only questions are what the immediate catalyst will be, and when it begins. You can take your pick. The Financial Times reported yesterday that China now resembles the US in 2007.

Polly Toynbee and David Walker: an extract from their new book on the widening gap between rich and poor

theguardian.com — From the marbled 20th floor of a glass tower in Canary Wharf the view of the river is breathtaking. It snakes down to the Thames barrier, glinting in the sunset. Close to the new city lie the serried ranks of East End estate blocks.

Don’t cling to Nurse Cameron, there’s a fair way to fix our economy

theguardian.com — David Cameron's pitch in the Guardian that "red warning lights are flashing on the dashboard of the global economy" will no doubt draw some wry smiles from readers, with good reason. Ah, so when global tremors threaten a Conservative government, it's not their fault.

Why do we only worship 'real' works of art?

theguardian.com — Generations stand in wonder at the cast courts of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The east court reopens next week, burnished and refurbished, with Michelangelo's David buffed up and every monument cleaned of darkening decades of dirt. In the west court, Trajan's column is next to have its reliefs sharpened with a dusting and its marble colouring restored.
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Nov 28, 2014

RT @suzy4harlow: Why can't half the cabinet come from Harlow College rather than Eton? Westminster needs diversity. @pollytoynbee pic.twitter.com/Tpt6607Ogo

Nov 28, 2014

RT @suzy4harlow: Fantastic & inspiring Journalism students at @HarlowCollege meeting @pollytoynbee to hear tips on Journalisn #Harlow http:…

Nov 28, 2014

RT @faisaleyedoc: @pollytoynbee "UK Water Companies made £2,000,000,000.00 in Profit last yr but a minimum wage worker paid more in taxhttp://t.co/2Qup48w6hT"

Nov 28, 2014

RT @LSEpublicevents: Podcast & video of @CASE_lse #LSEwelfaremyth lecture 'Good Times Bad Times' John Hills @pollytoynbee Holly Sutherlan… …

Nov 27, 2014

RT @dehsffoeg: @OwenJones84 @pollytoynbee @Mr_Slater #CameronMustGo giving East Coast Rail profits to City Suits=more austerity pain for the rest.

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