Social injustice is killing on a grand scale

Listen to Kirsty Young interview Professor Sir Michael Marmot.

I am delighted that Profeesor Sir Michael Marmot, an expert on the links between socio-economic status and health and longevity, has been interviewed by Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs. Click on the picture to visit the episode’s webpage and listen to it.

Praise where praise is due.  I have previously criticised the BBC for its championing of GM and for offering a Pinochet-apologist a platform for his obnoxious views without challenging them. Now I must praise the BBC for hosting Professor Sir Michael Marmot on Desert Island Discs. Sir Michael is famous for exposing the links between inequality, morbidity and mortality, and for stating that ‘social injustice is killing on a grand scale’.

In his interview with Kirsty Young he talks about his famous study of Whitehall civil servants, which showed that their rank was inversely correlated with their health and wellbeing, and that this could not be attributed to their behaviour, and argues strongly for social justice to be a fundamental consideration in public policy.  On the basis of solid evidence, he argues that it is wrong to simply blame individuals for their life choices without tackling fundamental causes of inequality. He also addresses the issue of low social mobility: the ‘Great Gatsby curve’ – the greater the income inequality in a society, the lower the social mobility.

You can listen to the episode.

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2 Responses to Social injustice is killing on a grand scale

  1. I caught some of the programme Rachel and it really is a no brainer. I was just reading an article about something equally obvious in The Sunday Times Culture Magazine under Psychology, reviewing a book called Thrive by Richard Layard and David M Clark about the success of mindfulness and CBT. A very practical way of helping people, again a no brainer !

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