Theresa May on education and social injustice

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Theresa May on education and social injustice

Post by Admin on Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:46 pm

A quick glance at the news stand the day after Theresa May’s installation in N0 10 last week showed the enduring fascination with Margaret Thatcher lives on . But headlines such as “Maggie II” and “Here comes Maggie May” aside, May could easily take us back to the 80s in other ways.

A report on the state of poverty in the UK in 2016 released yesterday by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), with support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, points out that between 1990 and 2015, “the share of income going to the top 1% rose from 5.7% to 7.9%. Inequality ...remains much higher than it was before the rapid rise during the 1980s.”

In her first speech as prime minister, May said that for an “ordinary, working-class family”, life is “much harder than many people in Westminster realise” and pledged to battle social injustice. As with Cameron, she tips her hat to the problems of poverty and injustice in Britain – but, like her predecessor, her actions and words rarely marry up.

At the core of the Conservative vision for social equality is aspiration – the belief that getting on cures all social ills, and that freeing people from “welfare dependency” is key to ending poverty. In 2010, May announced she would scrap the Equalities Act, which was brought in by Labour before the 2010 general election to address the widening gulf in social outcomes for people in geographically disparate areas of the UK.

May called the act “ridiculous”, and were it not for opposition by Lib Dem cabinet colleagues, it would have long been history. As it is, Tory policy disproportionately affects people from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds, which, of course, tend to be Labour heartlands.

' May announced she would scrap the equalities act as it's ridiculous'

That really sums her up doesn't it?

Maggie 2 for sure.

As much as I loathed Nick Clegg and his party in the coalition , they did oppose this and other Tory ideology.

Ps, let's not allow Theresa May or the Conservatives to soley accept the credit for the near closure of the £700 million annual tax dodging loophole , again , the voices & actions of many helped achieve this. Wink

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