Quote of the week

“It was however, well known by the time of Herodotus that the oracle could be bribed. ”

– Bertrand Russell

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Alan milburn / social mobility

 Yet, in an example of the increased social exclusivity of the top echelons in Britain, Milburn found that while 30% of members of parliament were privately educated in 1997, that proportion increased to 35% in 2010. In the Labour government’s last cabinet, 32% were privately educated but this increased to 59% in the coalition cabinet that entered Downing Street in May 2010.

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Source : The Guardian 

Why working clas people vote conservative

As marriage rates plummet, and globalisation and rising diversity erodes the sense of common heritage within each nation, a lot of voters in many western nations find themselves hungering for conservative moral cuisine.

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Source : The Guardian 

The Health-Care Mandate Is Clearly a Tax—and Therefore Constitutional

And yet the tax argument is remarkably simple. Start with the Constitution’s text. Congress’s enumerated powers in Article I, section 8 begin with the General Welfare Clause, which gives the federal government the power “[t]o lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States.”

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Source : The Atlantic 

Crisis doctors fastfood deals ban

“Doctors think it’s inherently unlikely that huge companies that make money from selling high-calorie foods and drinks, like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, are going to persuade their customers [to eat more healthily]. It’s like asking the petrol companies to say to people, ‘why not go on your bicycle?’. It just does not seem likely that’s going to happen.”

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Source : The Guardian 

Fewer than half of state school teachers encourage Oxbridge applications

Fewer than half of state school teachers encourage Oxbridge applications

In reality, 57% of students admitted to Oxbridge are from state schools, the Sutton Trust said.

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Source : The guardian