Poverty is a trap: it should be eradicated. It’s no real answer just lifting a few children from families stuck on low wages into a different social milieu.
We have eradicated poverty. It simply does not exist in Britain. Barbara Castle pointed this out back in 1959.
We have inequality, sure we do. A great deal less than many suppose – consumption is the only form that matters, not income or wealth – but sure, we’ve got it.
But inequality and poverty are not the same thing.