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Social mobility: forget the campaigns, let’s have “British places at British universities”

By David Goodhart  

Have we forgotten about the guy in the middle?

Have we forgotten about the guy in the middle?

The political and media consensus over the past few years is that social mobility in Britain has more or less stopped (see my piece “More mobile than we think” in December’s Prospect). The government’s drive to reboot it, sadly, only tentatively challenges that assumption.

There is little doubt that mobility has slowed in recent decades compared with the golden age of the 1960s and 1970s when there was a big expansion of middle…

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