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The Government’s social mobility adviser is quitting over claims that ministers are failing to make the “necessary progress” to “bring about a fairer Britain, it emerged last night.

Alan Milburn, a former Labour Cabinet minister has said there is “zero prospect” of the government tackling social mobility.

It was reported last night that was joined in walking out by his three fellow commissioners, including the Conservative former cabinet minister Baroness Shephard.

Given the reports they’ve been releasing we should welcome this, no?

13 comments on “And?

  1. Alan Millstone, former Labour tosser, said that the prospect of reintroducing grammar school education might help working class children into meaningful jobs, and the resulting social mobility could hit the Labour vote. In another message, he said that deporting illegal immigrants, the Irish, Muslim rape gangs and black knife crime perpetrators might also affect the Labour vote. Indeed, the party might have to rely on the votes of the Islington SJW set for its future.

  2. Never understood what is meant by “social mobility”.
    Is this some sort of general complaint that we can’t all marry one of the Queen’s grandchildren.?

  3. @BiS. That’s not HM’s fault, she’s done her bit to make sure there’s enough to go round. now a selection of the great and Good have walked away from the public trough, how about consigning that particular QUANGO to the sewer of history?

  4. As if anyone in Westminster is remotely interested in social mobility. It might mean one of the hoi polloi living within a mile of them, and their spotty oiky offspring competing with little Tarquin and Jemima for a place at Oxford.

  5. I can’t believe I was paying for these sh!ts. Or that I will go on paying for the equally useless sh!ts who will replace them. Why can’t we take a leaf out of Stalin’s book and have them all shot?

    Having said that, Social mobility is an odd topic for these twats to take up. Not poverty? Sure social mobility is hard these days. We have taken all the brightest out of the working class through the Grammar schools. Perhaps that brightness is caused by genetics, perhaps not. Even if it is cultural, it is hard to see how our feckless underclass is going to adopt the values of the Righteous now that the Methodists are dead.

    Worse, a lot of the neighbourhoods they decry for low social mobility are, not to put too fine a point on it, decidedly not British. We do not have a single method that can help Black children. Let’s hope it is not genetic, but it sure behaves like it is. Nothing can be done to improve their educational outcomes. Thanks to idiotic immigration policies, we will have an underclass of rapists and murderers until Hell freezes over.

  6. The week that the Queen’s grandson gets engaged to a foreign celebrity of mixed ethnicity, I would say that the Commission’s work is done. How much social mobility do they need?

  7. If social mobility is to mean anything it requires upwards and downwards movement. Those middle class lefties who’ve clawed their way to the top aren’t going to put up with the latter for their children and grand children no matter what they say, hence getting rid of the best social mobility tool for the poor, grammar schools and assisted places.

    If they really were concerned the Guardian would be littered with angry stories and letters complaining about Labour’s Red Princes(rarely Princesses) and the London based middle class offspring getting an extra leg up through doing unpaid internships, something not easy or cheap for anyone outside London, especially from a working class background.

  8. “If social mobility is to mean anything it requires upwards and downwards movement.”

    Nonsense. You’ve fallen for the lump of social mobility fallacy.

    Anyone can hold middle class views on education, the success sequence, honesty, hard work, sound financial decision making, delayed gratification etc

  9. bloke in spain,

    “Never understood what is meant by “social mobility”.
    Is this some sort of general complaint that we can’t all marry one of the Queen’s grandchildren.?”

    You can actually look at the indicators here

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-mobility-indicators/social-mobility-indicators

    The problem is that nearly all of it is based on unimportant bureaucratic measurements.

    Going to a good school and getting lots of GCSEs is almost entirely about the child and parents. Someone in the USA studied this, and going to good vs bad school makes little difference to kids outcomes.

    Going to university? I’ve met lots of successful people who didn’t do that.

    Entering the professions? Software development and plumbing aren’t classifed as professionals, but you probably make more doing it than people writing for the Guardian, especially after rent and other costs.

    No-one is in any way taking into account private sector high wages for Good People Who Have Experience And Get The Fucking Job Done. A lot of people working as mechanics don’t want to become art historians. They’d rather go and work at an F1 team. No chef wants to be a lawyer. They want to work at Petrus, or to start their own restaurant.

    And the other thing is, lots of people, including me, do not care about social climbing. I like earning money. I like having nice things. I like spending time with my friends. I do not give a fuck about joining the social elite, many of whom aren’t actually that rich, and who are constantly subject to public scrutiny.

  10. “Nonsense. You’ve fallen for the lump of social mobility fallacy.”

    Nope. They’re using it as a relative term not absolute in the same way they use poverty and relative poverty.

  11. @Tim Worstall

    Given the reports they’ve been releasing we should welcome this, no?.

    Yes. Close the taxpayer teat sucking wasteful useless quango, along with Public Health “Ban Coca-Cola Christmas tour” England

    including the Conservative former cabinet minister Baroness Shephard.

    Looked her up, arrghh memories came back – another useless woman promoted by Socialist PM John Major

  12. Social mobility occurs in society. Government is not society, though the Left wants it to be.

    ‘said there is “zero prospect” of the government tackling social mobility’

    And there never was. Things happen outside of and independent of government.

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