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The Independent View: Slashing early years spending contradicts the desire to improve social mobility

In its Social Mobility strategy launched last April, the government made clear the dual priorities shaping its agenda:

“Tackling the financial deficit is the Coalition’s most immediate task. But tackling the opportunity deficit – creating an open, socially mobile society – is our guiding purpose.”

These are strong words indeed, marking an unequivocal commitment to improving the life chances of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. At a very minimum, they indicate a clear intention to manage the necessary public spending cuts in a way that recognises this laudable goal.

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    This is silly midsummer froth, a top-down attempt to use social media by people who don't know how it really works, and (in practice if...
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    Adrian Sanders, I agree with much of what you say, although I think Tim is correct to be offering a home to the many people...
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    @John Hugo "Whether the EU has signed up to it is therefore irrelevant." I wouldn't think that this is correct, surely you can't be bound...
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    I apologise for taking so long to respond to these comments and although I'd love to reply to them all, apparently my post was too...
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    Chris, Surely the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties is customary international law. It is also (if I remember right) meant to be largely...
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    She seems a decent candidate. Was she slected in a fair contest or by the immoral all women shortlist system?
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