Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tell us something we don't know

OK, but it's nice to have the data to show it for sure. Italy and the UK, as well as having the highest inequality in Western Europe, have the lowest social mobility, according to the OECD.
Doubtless in Britain this will be interpreted as a mark of the failure of New Labour's tentative social democracy, rather than as damning evidence of how the hyper-marketization of British social life creates and institutionalizes inequality.  This is important, because the Conservative (or Conservative-led) government which is most likely to emerge out of the elections will try to tell us that Labour policies like Sure Start, tax credits and higher spending on schools did nothing for the poor.