Here is UK Education Secretary Michael Gove:

We want to ensure disadvantage is not destiny. We want liberate children from any accidents of birth or background to determine their own fate.

I agree with that.

I do not understand how it squares with his statement welcoming tougher controls on immigration.  Perhaps some people are more deserving of being liberated from accidents of birth than others?


Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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  1. A palpable hit. In all the current welter of mostly ill-informed and mean-spirited comments on immigration, the potential benefits for the migrants and their families are largely overlooked.

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