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Baby-Fever

December 3, 2012

ImageOver three quarters of a million babies will be born in the UK next year.

A small percentage of them will be the lucky progeny of the 10% of us who control over 50% of the wealth in this country. One in particular will be afforded every advantage imaginable.

The vast majority have a life of uncertainly and strife ahead. Many will join the 3.1 million children the IFS predicts will be living below the poverty line next year.

All of them will be born with an equal possibility of having the potential for brilliance – the potential to be the next Mozart or Newton or Hawking. To innovate, to work, to lead, to save this country maybe. Sadly, we have a government that does not believe in the State intervening to give them all the same chances. And they have the majority’s tacit collusion.

By the same accident of birth which predetermines one will be the future monarch, thousands will never get the chance to realise their potential. Some will escape, against the odds; this, we call mobility. Most will be born predetermined to be poor, disenfranchised, dependent, angry, drunk, hopeless, beaten before the fight began. This accident of birth becomes the single most important determinant of each one’s future.

I wish them all the best of luck. Though some will need it less than others.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    December 3, 2012 6:25 pm

    Whoa thats an ugly baby

  2. Anon permalink
    December 3, 2012 6:26 pm

    Is he swearing at us? Is that the middle finger? :-o

  3. Anon permalink
    December 3, 2012 6:28 pm

    He needs animal ears!

  4. david bartlett permalink
    December 3, 2012 8:10 pm

    How sad and miserable. And true. And absolutely the key issue of the planet. Thanks Alex. Such a simple, but endlessly depressing, vicious truth. Everyone should know this to be the truth, while poor old ladies start knitting for the new scrounger born to the Royals…

  5. Chris Tandy permalink
    December 4, 2012 11:10 am

    The ethos of the Feudal System is to focus on the few at the top rather than the majority at the bottom. Another royal brat pursues this aim to keep one privileged family on the very top. From their vantage point, they are not aware of what a festering dunghill it is that they sit upon. It would be better for the majority if the dunghill were spread out; but then the privileged windsors would be on a level with the less-privileged families below. Not much good for them, so they won’t understand.

  6. December 4, 2012 5:23 pm

    I remember a few years ago that Sarkozy’s son was offered position in some government quango in France…I forget which.

    The foreign hating blogs ranted about nepotism. Why, they screeched should this long haired spotty youngster with no particular qualifications, be given a highly paid job at the top of some organisation just because he was his father’s son. Typical of the French…

    And almost unbelievably, none had seen the irony.

    You paint a bleak, but an accurate picture of Britain, Alex.

  7. December 4, 2012 8:10 pm

    “Sadly, we have a government that does not believe in the State intervening to give them all the same chances.” This statement implies that governments may have previously done this and that it’s feasible to do it. If so, I’d love to know how! Countless parents, irrespective of political ideology, have striven to give their children the best possible start in life and although this doesn’t help equality, it’s surely a right that the State can’t restrict or match, however desirable it is to maximise the potential for social mobility.

    As for whether a Royal baby is prileged – yes, in a way they are. But being a Royal also involves responsibility and vast amounts of public attention and scrutiny, which makes it the sort of privilege that I and most of the population would want to avoid at all cost!

  8. December 16, 2012 12:50 am

    Ironically, this new baby has commoners, laborers and even miners, oh my!, as ancestors. For Catherine’s family, this is both good luck and mobility, if you consider money and priviledge good luck. They weren’t for William’s mother. Peace.

  9. December 16, 2012 12:52 am

    Ironically, this new baby has commoners, laborers and even miners, oh my!, as ancestors. For Catherine’s family, this is both good luck and mobility, if you consider money and priviledge good luck. They weren’t for William’s mother. Peace.

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