Ed Miliband:"The proceeds of economic growth are not being fairly distributed any more"

Business quote of the day.

"We've got a growth crisis in Britain, but we've also got a living standards crisis because the proceeds of economic growth are not being fairly distributed any more"

Ed Miliband told the Independent on Sunday he will unveil plans of a “living wage” of at least £7.20 per hour if Labour wins the next election. He also mooted rules forcing government contracts to be given to only those firms who pay workers the living wage as a minimum, as part of his "One Nation" vision for Britain.

Ed Miliband will unveil plans of a “living wage”: Photograph: Getty Images

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.