THE VERDICT | COMMISSION IS MORE LIKE AN ACTIVIST GROUP

Restraining high pay is very much what the Commission would like the government to do. This should not come as a surprise, given that the commissioners and their “expert panel” include a range of people who have campaigned for state-enforced income equality – trade unionists, political campaigners and socialist columnists such as Polly Toynbee. These activists may have a point about excessively high top pay, as there are genuine concerns about the systems by which remuneration is decided and how regulations affect these systems. Yet even on such an emotive issue, a more impartial and scientific analysis is required.