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One nation: two problems

The stakeholder debate conflates two distinct problems: competitiveness and social exclusion. The training industry does the same. The result is a feeble qualification system which helps neither mployers nor employees

By Ronald Dore   June 1996

Most people who have decided to vote for Tony Blair in the expectation that his lot will have marginally more decent instincts than the present lot would agree that Britain has two big problems. First, a competitiveness problem; second, a social polarisation/poverty/social exclusion problem. They would probably also agree that solving one is not going to solve the other.

“Trickle down” may have some relevance in the fast growing economies of agrarian Asia, but in an advanced industrial society such as Britain, it means little more than sending the day’s leftover sandwiches to the soup kitchens.

The fact that solutions…

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