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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See what David Erdal has to say about employee-owned companies, which have lower pay differentials and more-empowered employees (’employee-owners’).
Learn more about the dominant global economic system (call it ‘neoliberalism’, ‘hypercapitalism’ or ‘free-market capitalism’). This may well shock you!
And if you fancy a laugh…