Social mobility

The interns were the real stars of the Spectator summer party

14 July 2017 20:41

It was The Spectator’s summer party last night, the high point of Westminster’s social calendar. We had the Prime Minister,…

Boris Johnson sets out his blue collar Conservative manifesto

7 August 2015 19:09

How do the Tories win over low-income workers for good? That’s the question occupying the mind of anyone seriously thinking…

The poverty of the UK poverty measure

25 June 2015 12:30

It’s sad to see so many genuinely well-meaning people judge the fight against poverty by the publication of a massive spreadsheet, but…

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

17 June 2015 10:59

Here is a preview of Toby Young’s column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow. Subscribe from just £1. There’s a…

If the Guardian dislikes privately educated Oxbridge types, why does it hire so many?

15 June 2015 22:55

The Guardian ran an article today about research by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The commission claims around 70…

How to get social mobility right

15 June 2015 18:50

Today’s report from Alan Milburn’s Commission on Social Mobility found young people from working class backgrounds are being ‘systematically locked…

Don’t ban unpaid internships – let interns work from home instead

13 November 2014 16:24

An unpaid six month internship costs graduates at least £5,000, according to a study by The Sutton Trust. The social…

Where Labour and The Spectator agree on social mobility

21 September 2014 19:33

The Labour Party conference has got off to a very promising start, with The Spectator being complimented from the stage and…

Worried about Britain’s poor social mobility? Here’s a way to change things

28 August 2014 10:36

At a time when politics resembles a bad soap opera, it’s easy to despair about the ability of government to…

The state should send many more poor children to private schools

29 July 2014 15:08

Better capital makes us richer. That’s uncontroversial when it comes to fixed capital like machine tools and computers, but it’s…

The first two years of life are more important for social mobility than schooling

12 December 2013 14:48

Much is prattled on about social mobility. Practically the whole emphasis, however, is put on schools. Yet by the time…

Sir John Major is right about education and privilege in modern Britain

12 November 2013 12:18

Sir John Major is, of course, correct. It is depressing, though perhaps not surprising, that the British upper-middle-classes – that…

James Caan told parents they shouldn't help their children get work experience. Picture: Getty

Government the easy way: blame the people, not the system

4 June 2013 16:17

There’s something about taking on a government role that makes even the most sensible man fancy himself as a vicar.…

The workers united will never be defeated…

4 April 2013 15:16

There’s a BBC website where you can find out what class you are, according to new criteria drawn up by…

Social mobility — more than a political battle over universities

30 May 2012 9:55

Nick Clegg wants to make social mobility his big theme in office. This is an ambitious target and one unlikely…

Clegg goes mobile

14 May 2012 13:41

Just as David Cameron is trying to move on from a tough few weeks by returning to themes that worked…

The tuition fee effect, revealed

30 January 2012 15:16

The coalition’s tuition fee rise will put young people from poor backgrounds off applying to university — or so we…

The right to own is not all right

18 September 2011 15:20

There was much to commend in Chris Skidmore’s article in the Telegraph earlier this week, calling for a radical approach…

Willetts plays snakes and ladders

7 September 2011 19:10

Social mobility has become something of a hot topic for the coalition. February’s Social Mobility White Paper made it the…

Long-term problems

22 July 2011 17:32

It is fashionable to say that the nation is divided: the North and South, the haves and have nots, the…