Wednesday, 27 January 2010
National Equality Nonsense (rant warning)
"Britain among most unequal societies in the world"
"All the fault of the 1980's"
"terrible discrimination against anyone who vote Labour or may do"
(Ok, the last one maybe made up).
So I thought, let's see the form for this. Firstly it was commisioned by Harriet Harman - who could have written the conclusions without the report. You may as well ask me to write a report on benefits of capitalism.
Then I looked a the cronies she hired, a bunch of the usual academics with expertise in social work etc. So the report t is entirely self-serving, talks their own book and agenda. Why don't we ask bankers why they deserve their bonuss?
Then I looked at the summary. Apparently inequality has risen in the last 10 years? Why could this be, what huge changes have occured in the UK in the last 10 years - oh hang, on what about that record economic immigration and record numbers of asylum seekers accepted. Not mentioned, not even in passing.
No, it is al the fault of "class" and those evil parents who try and educate their children, bring them up properly, live in a nice house, try and get a good job and pass on these values to their kids. By doing this they destroy opportunity for everyone else, how else are the feckless to compete? Strangely the report does not mention the record emmigration of such people that the UK also has been experiencing.
Funnily enough though, off the top of my head I would have thought that is a chunk of the middlyingly wealthy leave and are replaced by very poor immigrants you would expect a rise in inequality for a couple of decades wouldn't you?
Of course the answer is more public spending and more intrusiveness to stop people bringing up their children nicely. No doubt somewhere today the call will go up to ban public schools, becuase of course, they are too good.
It is a total mixed up marxist horlix from start to finish, no wonder the BBC are going to run with it all day.