Daily Archives: April 5, 2011

Jim Pickard

Some may see in Nick Clegg’s “social mobility strategy” an element of hypocrisy given that his smooth ascent through the ranks was aided by his family’s own impeccable connections.

The FT recently wrote in a profile of the deputy prime minister, describing him as the son of a City banker, raised in the “prosperous rolling hills” of the Chilterns and expensively educated. As it noted:

At Cambridge University he joined the Conservative association and his early career was tracked by Lord Carrington, a former Tory foreign secretary (and next-door neighbour) who recommended him for a job in Brussels with another Tory grandee, Leon Brittan, the EU trade commissioner.

Now, however, Clegg wants to pull up the drawbridge. Today he will say that interships have been the preserve of the “sharp-elbowed and well connected”:

“A country that is socially mobile bases opportunity on your ability and drive, not on who your father’s friends are”.

Clegg may argue that he has seen the system from within and is therefore Read more >>