Monday, November 03, 2008
Prog Con Spins Itself
Prog Con Spokesman BBC Easton has done so much spinning he's now spinning himself.
This morning he was on R4 Today puffing some government report which apparently claims that social mobility is improving under Labour. Needless to say, the report is not yet available for ordinary punters to read, but it sounds like the basis of the claim is that GCSE scores have increased for poor kids.
Would those be the same dumbed-down GCSEs we constantly blog on BOM (eg see here)? The ones that everybody now gets a sheaf of, even if they can barely rite there own naim?
Well, yes they would.
So... er... why would anyone believe higher GCSE scores denote improved social mobility?
In fairness, even the BBC Today presenters sounded sceptical, pointing out that OECD mobility league tables show the UK plum bottom.
Prog Con Easton should probably lie down in a darkened room for a few hours.
Or better still, a few decades.
PS When they finally release the report, we'll take a look. It will be interesting to see how much less definitive it is compared to Easton's spin.
*Footnote: the OECD reckons we're pretty well at the top of the international social immobility league. Their chart above "shows the intergenerational earnings elasticities as estimated in various studies. The higher the parameter, the higher is the persistence of earnings across generations and thus the lower is mobility". Source: D’Addio, A.C. (2007), “Intergenerational Transmission of Disadvantage”, OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 52.