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Bitten by Reality, Labour Still Fail To Take Hint

Guess what?

Top professions such as medicine and law are increasingly being closed off to all but the most affluent families, a report into social mobility has said.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Milburn called for “a second great wave of social mobility” like that of the 1950s and 1960s to match a projected growth in the number of managerial jobs.

As Iain Dale points out, this has something of bears, woods and (ahem) about it.

Well, really, what did they expect?

What did they expect when they abolished the assisted places scheme, a scheme which gave poor children a chance to attend an independent school?

What did they expect from continuing the long running vendetta against grammar schools, schools which gave poor children a chance to be taught to their academic strengths. (This, of course, was easier than actually making the non-grammar schools better.)

What did they expect when, thanks to the arbitrary target of 50% of school leavers going to university, the value of a degree became diluted. If the paper qualifications can’t help differentiate the candidates for a position, then “other factors” inevitably come into play.

This is what happens when one pursues social justice and mobility by policies of social score-settling and an unnerving belief that the state can solve problems that are natural by-products of human society.

What will ensure that the real lesson isn’t learnt, is that the wrong lesson has been taught in the report. As is usual among the Left, the conclusion is that it’s all about money. It’s not. Wealth is a by-product of ambition and a desire to better the lot of yourself and those close to you. You’d have thought that twelve years of throwing (our) money at social problems with little or no effect might have led to them taking the hint.


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