Friday, November 03, 2006

Drawing her own conclusions

In today's column, Polly Toynbee writes about a report "buried" by the DWP (here on their website), in which Lisa Harker:

concludes with this overwhelming truth: "The major drivers of poverty - such as high levels of wage and wealth inequality - remain considerable impediments towards reaching the 2020 child-poverty target, suggesting that far greater changes to the distribution of wealth, earnings and opportunity in society will be necessary."

The quote (actually not a full sentence, despite Polly's punctuation) is not the conclusion of the report at all, it is from the executive summary.  And it is not even from the final sentence.  In fact, the sentence following the one from which the quote was taken begins "But, ...".

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