It's easy to see why the left can paint themselves as the 'good guys' of the social mobility argument. Their policies often look like they're increasing the standards of life for the poorest, putting the burden of the country's running costs on those most able to pay and offer a safety net to the most vulnerable in society. What we need to do is look past this rhetoric and understand what some of their flagship policies actually achieve for the poorest in society.
I don't often talk about myself here because I want this blog to be about politics and not people, but I feel that I need to offer a small introduction in order to increase your understanding of the angle I'm taking on this. I grew up under a Labour government in a council house with a single mother who worked part-time at a local school. We lived in what the left would consider relative poverty, far below 60% of the average wage in the country between three of us.
A common charge you hear from left-wingers is that they are the cuddly, fluffy parties of caring for those who need it most, and we are the evil parties of the rich and the privileged. If this were actually true, of course, the right wing parties would never get into power. There are far more poor people than rich people, why would they vote for a party not in their interests?
Anyway, we are going to look at why it's not true. We will compare the standpoints of the left with the standpoints of the right, and work out which side really cares more about people and freedom.
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