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The Independent View: Coalition’s social mobility strategy failing

The government’s plan to improve social mobility has been dealt a series of blows over the past week. New education data show that trends towards a more ‘socially mobile’ Britain are pointing in the wrong direction.

Nick Clegg launched the government’s social mobility strategy last April, promising to ‘open the doors of opportunity’ to children from disadvantaged homes as they move into adulthood. Children from poor homes are half as likely to achieve five good GCSEs as their better off peers, and they account for less than one in a hundred Oxbridge students. Clegg rightly pointed out that …

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    @ Malcolm "Let's remember Maudling did indeed leave a mess - at least he was honest." I agree. Though by the standards of future Chancellors...
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    @ Philip From a long-term supply-side point of view, I agree. Higher productivity is essential, and part of that requires allowing unproductive firms to go...
  • User AvatarSara Scarlett 27th Mar - 12:32am
    This op-ed in a nutshell is this: = "I know that plain packaging of everything is authoritarian but what's so wrong with authoritarianism anyway?"
  • User AvatarSara Scarlett 27th Mar - 12:20am
    Great article, Tom. The case for airport expansion is strong anyway. In a few years when airplanes are noise and pollution free we'll be sorry...
  • User AvatarPeter 27th Mar - 12:04am
    Restricting aviation by demand (e.g. simply not allowing airports to expand infrastructure) is pretty much the least economic and environmentally sound way of regulating air...
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Payne 26th Mar - 11:57pm
    Now we know. If there was a Coalition party he would leave the Lib Dems and join that. I notice he is bemoaning the levels...
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