Oxfam’s report on the G7 fuelling global inequality – McDonnell responds
John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on Oxfam’s report on how the G7 are fuelling global inequality, said:
“This powerful report blows apart the government’s claims to be tackling inequality here and abroad.
“Oxfam highlights the importance of public services in tackling poverty, after nine years of Tory austerity which has torn apart the social fabric of the UK. Ironically, this comes just after it was revealed that Boris Johnson is lobbying Donald Trump to support the architect of austerity George Osborne taking over at the IMF.
“The next Labour government will deliver the urgent international action we need to tackle the inequality crisis, address the climate emergency, and spearhead a global movement for universal, free, high quality and gender responsive public services.”
Notes to editors:
- From Oxfam press release: Download an embargoed copy of Oxfam’s briefing paper ‘The G7’s Deadly Sins’: after the embargo lifts Oxfam’s briefing paper ‘The G7’s Deadly Sins’ will be published online
- The report notes that:
“The poorest 20 percent of the G7 population receives, on average, only 5 percent of all income earned from work, while the richest 20 percent receives about 45 percent. With the exception of Japan and Canada, this gap has increased in all G7 countries since 2004, especially in the UK and Italy” and “Universal public services like education, healthcare and social protection have unparalleled power to tackle poverty”
- John McDonnell pledged in July that Labour will eradicate in-work poverty in the first term of government, with universal public services at the heart of this: https://labour.org.uk/press/john-mcdonnells-speech-resolution-foundation/
- Labour’s International Social Forum took place in July, with speakers from across the world discussing reform of international institutions to tackle global inequality, climate change and trade warshttps://twitter.com/johnmcdonnellmp/status/1150101463319949312?lang=en, https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/labour-party/john-mcdonnell/news/105253/john-mcdonnell-calls-overhaul and https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/corbyn-uk-climate-change-poor-countries-global-warming-labour-conservatives-a9004326.html
- Johnson supporting Osborne bid to run the IMF:https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-21/u-k-s-johnson-will-seek-trump-s-backing-to-put-osborne-in-imf