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Unravelling the mysteries of the Milburn resignation

A government distracted by Brexit is better for mobility than the alternative—a government reintroducing the 11+

By Tom Clark  

Alan Milburn . Photo: NHS Confederation

There was always an irony in the idea of a “social mobility tsar,” seeing as emperors are not known for coming up the hard way. Now, in the wake of Alan Milburn’s resignation, there is an extra unlikely twist: we have the tsar turned mutineer.

And the quirks of this story do not end here. For while the ideal of the ladder of opportunity is a powerful one, it seems to me that the whole notion of “social mobility”…

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