Alex Massie

The Mobility Gap

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Growing inequality is, plenty of people agree, a problem. So what do you make of this chart from a Brookings Institute study from 2009? It's a US-centric chart of "relative mobility":

This, via Jon Chait, comes from David Frum and is, in many respects, possibly the biggest issue of the age. I don't think this means we have to become Scandinavian - though remember that Denmark is also one of the most economically free countries on earth (according to the Cato Institute) but I'm not sure one can look at this sort of thing without wondering about some things. This, I concede, is an even bigger question for the left than the right (given that this is an evaluation conducted after 12 years of a Labour government) but the right has to take account of and grapple with it too...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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