Dorling and inequality

21 Apr 2010 by Karl Hallam

'Danny Dorling's new book exposes the unprecedented rises in inequality that put us on a par with Victorian society - and explains why they endure', according to the Guardian's Society section this week. It is an interestingly timed publication and one the main politcal parties should be asked thier view on. The cadence network Professor makes clear that deprivation has multiple factors and this is not necessarily accepted by all prominent party leaders.

In the article it says, amongst other things, that 5 beliefs could be taken as a modern take on Beveridge's social evils:

'He identifies five sets of beliefs - elitism, exclusion, prejudice, greed and despair - that he claims are replacing Beveridge's five social evils at the dawn of the welfare state (ignorance, want, idleness, squalor and disease), and have become so entrenched in Britain and some other affluent countries that they uphold an unjust system that perpetuates extreme inequality.

He makes a case for why each set of beliefs is propagated, how each contributes to a growing gap between rich and poor, and why they endure. He says: "The beliefs are supported by the media where stories often imply that some people are less deserving, where great City businessmen (and a few businesswomen) are lauded as superheroes, and where immigrants looking to work for a crumb of the City's bonuses are seen as scroungers".'

It will be interesting to see how/if the parties react.



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