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Backing the big-earners

Backing the big-earners
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I said yesterday that it'd be a good idea for the Government to use tomorrow's Budget as a peace offering to the business world.  After Northern Wreck and the non-dom taxation row, bridges need rebuilding.

The charm offensive's begun a day early.  Today John Hutton is delivering a speech to the think-tank Progress, in which he'll salute those at the top of the salary tree:

"Rather than questioning whether huge salaries are morally justified, we should celebrate the fact that people can be enormously successful in this country. Rather than placing a cap on that success, we should be questioning why it is not available to more people."

It's already riled Polly Toynbee.