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The social mobility myth

Everyone agrees that social mobility has stalled and that education is the answer. They're wrong.

By Philip Collins   October 2013

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Rita Tushingham in A Taste of Honey, made in 1958, which has been “enshrined as the golden year for social mobility” (© BFI Stills)

If Hazel Blears has ever made a finer film I am yet to see it. Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste Of Honey features a cameo by Ms Blears, later MP for the city, as a Salford street urchin. A Taste Of Honey describes the prospect of escape from poverty which, in 1958, seemed an immediate possibility. The same territory had been charted the…

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