Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee


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in Isle of Wight, The United States
December 27, 1946

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Polly Toynbee (born Mary Louisa Toynbee, 27 December 1946) is a British journalist and writer, and has been a columnist for The Guardian newspaper since 1998. She is a social democrat and broadly supports the Labour Party, while urging it in many areas to be more left-wing, though during the 2010 general election she urged a tactical vote in support of the Liberal Democrats in an attempt to bring about a Lab-Lib coalition in support of proportional representation. She was appointed President of the British Humanist Association in July 2007. In 2007 she was named 'Columnist of the Year' at the British Press Awards.

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The NHS needs £2000 more per household to survive. But as long as they’re ahead in the polls, the Tories don’t seem to care

This is it. The bailiffs are at the door waving the red-ink bill. Pay up or else. For eight years the government has stuck the NHS bill behind the clock but now the crunch has come. Will July’s NHS 70th birthday be a celebration or a funeral? The Institute for Fiscal Studie...

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Average rating: 3.78 · 586 ratings · 58 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hard Work: Life In Low Pay ...

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Cameron's Coup: How the Tor...

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Unjust Rewards: Exposing Gr...

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Dogma and Disarray: Cameron...

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The Verdict: Did Labour Cha...

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Dismembered: How the Conser...

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Better Or Worse?: Has Labou...

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A Working Life

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Rank: Picturing Social Orde...

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Hospital

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“The pens sharpen – Islamophobia! No such thing. Primitive Middle Eastern religions (and most others) are much the same – Islam, Christianity and Judaism all define themselves through disgust for women's bodies.”
Polly Toynbee

“The strain of engaging emotionally with all that misery was exhausting. The kindness and hard work of the care assistants here was worth far more than they were paid. But this is unseen, unmentionable labour, hidden away in these human oubliettes we would rather not think about [...]. It is because caring is women's work. That attitude is embedded still in the values society apportions to the jobs people do. It is why there will never be equal pay until women's work is regarded with equal respect [...]. Women's work is still treated as if it should be given almost free, a natural function.”
Polly Toynbee, Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

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