Posted by Will Rhodes
Both articles are linked to me – both cry out that the UK population should be empowered by the government, certainly not doggedly downtrodden by them, yet that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The UK remains an unequal place to grow up, with success in life largely determined by parents’ backgrounds and earnings, a report says.
The Social Mobility Commission, set up by the Liberal Democrats, is urging the government to offer interest-free loans to struggling poorer families.
Is it a matter that the government should do more for social mobility or is it up to us, Joe Public, to do it?
It was Neil Jameson, one of the founders of London Citizens and its parent The Citizen Organising Foundation, who did his training in Chicago in 1989, just after Obama had moved on to Harvard, and saw its potential for Britain’s inner cities. Independent research has analysed that the London Citizens’ Living Wage campaign has put £32m into the pockets of low-paid workers since they started in 2001. This is money fought for and won by hundreds of activists, and the achievement is not to be measured only in material terms, but in the increased self-respect and confidence. This is not about charity or political favour or impersonal bureaucratic allocation, it is about empowerment.
Could government facilitate the empowerment of the people? They do have the cash to do it but would they have the will? I have a sneaking suspicion that they wouldn’t. Giving up something that they have, and are wanting to take away is against what this government stands for – well it is to me. Is that the case in all countries?
Should government be in the process at all? A long time ago we saw that men and women organised and got what they wanted – that led to the trade unions we have today, as pathetic as they are now, and as in the Guardian story, Rosa Parks was a woman who refused to move which led to a change in the US which has now given the world Barack Obama.
We see more and more laws that try to stifle political discourse and discussion – but isn’t that a part of social mobility? The more educated have proven that they are more liberal than those who are undereducated and, needless to say, poor.
In the UK it is proposed – or it has been adopted that you cannot film a police officer, in the name of their security of course, but what if that police officer is kicking the living feck out of someone – does the law mean that you cannot film them doing it? Why then, can an officer film you? Don’t you, the public have the right to the same security?
Social mobility should be for all – or is it a matter that it can only happen to people who believe and elect the ruling elite?
The latter sounds about right.