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May 25, 2017



«It’s posh people who feel they can afford to take risks who give up work to become artisanal jam-makers.»

Ah the usual sexist/patriarchal point of view: it is usually posh *women* who do that kind of stuff and take those risks. :-)


Nail hit on head.

Aspiration does seem to depend on where you start from. We can see a dynastic effect in politics and journalism and show business where the same names crop up. Plainly a good racket to get into my boy. At one time the children of doctors and surgeons went into the same trade, maybe not so much now.

Then there is the parental contacts effect, getting a holiday job or internship at Blogs Bakers does not have the same CV effect as PoshBank plc. Then there is the pushy effect. I do see children where parents have in effect said 'I made it on my own so I'm not pushing them into anything'. In effect avoiding a push to fill in applications, take to interviews and so on. Hardly pushy, neglectful really. We dare not encourage pushiness, it would disturb too much.

Herein lies the problem. Would the middle classes support tax wise an education programme that raised the expectation of the poor and strongly advised and nudged lifestyle choices and actions. I doubt such a programme would be all that popular. On the one hand it would disturb idle complacency within both camps and on the other hand expose the serious lack of good quality jobs. Better to start a baby and get a flat.


"more egalitarian societies have higher social mobility"

Then why do you support policies which result in less egalitarian societies?

"It’s posh people who feel they can afford to take risks who give up work to become artisanal jam-makers."

There was a program on BBC t'other day about West Wales, featuring artisanal hand-made chocolatiers from Carmarthenshire, all young, posh and English. In fact every business the

Luis Enrique

yes you could take this paper
and something similar about talented people from poorer backgrounds


nice post.

Stephanie Ras

Good piece.

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