The English class system is a bit like Freddy Kruger â€“ everyone agrees that itâ€™s a terrible thing, but itâ€™s proving impossible to get rid of.
Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, gave a brilliant speech on Thursday in which he pointed out that in Britain a personâ€™s life chances are more closely linked to the circumstances of their birth than almost anywhere else in the developed world.
If youâ€™re born poor, youâ€™re more likely to remain poor than in every other Western country apart from America and Brazil.
If youâ€™re born with a silver spoon in your mouth, by contrast, a dazzling array of glittering prizes awaits you. (To read more, click here.)