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Poll results: Fearing for our future

Few of us now believe that today’s teenagers will be better off than their parents

By Peter Kellner   July 2013

We all know that our society is becoming more unequal; but what role does social class play in determining today’s winners and losers?  I have both good and bad news for those who yearn for a classless society. The good news, according to YouGov’s latest survey for Prospect, is that most of us think that hard work and talent matter more than going to the right school or having rich parents. The bad news is that we regard today’s Britain as essentially a meritocracy for the middle classes, not yet a meritocracy for all.

Social class is a tricky subject,…

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