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David Cameron Accidentally Said He Was Proud Of Increased Inequality

The prime minister said income equality had fallen on his watch.

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Cameron was asked by Labour MP Debbie Abrahams about research from the High Pay Centre that found that by the end of 5 January, company executives would have already earned as much as the average UK worker will in the whole of 2016.

She said the International Monetary Fund had warned last year that income inequality was the "defining challenge of our time".

In response, Cameron said: "Let's be clear, since I've become prime minister, income equality has actually fallen, whereas it went up under Labour. Those are the facts."

Wait...what? We think the prime minister meant to say "income inequality". Falling income equality would imply things were getting more unequal.


The tweet was later deleted.

But people had already noticed.

Errr, hooray for falling income equality, then?

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The slip of the tongue is reminiscent of Cameron's 2014 Conservative party conference speech, when he declared he "resented" poor people.

He actually meant to say "represented".

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Ironically, income inequality has fallen slightly while Cameron has been prime minister, and during PMQs he noted how the national living wage of £7.20 an hour will come into effect this year.

However, according to one measure, income inequality in the UK is the fifth highest among Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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