Britain is a deeply divided country. Inner London is the richest part of the entire European Union, while Cornwall and Wales benefit from the regional aid dispensed by Brussels.
As John B often points out if you took London out of the picture then inequality in hte UK would be entirely normal. For, without London, the UK is an entirely boring Northern European economy. London is part of that Great Global economy and that\’s where a lot of the recorded inequality comes from.
And as I like to point out, if we actually adjusted incomes for costs, most especially house prices in London, then a lot of UK inequality again disappears. Precisely because of this dominance of London consumption inequality is very, very, much lower than income inequality.