LONDON (Reuters) – The four members of the British Government's Social Mobility Commission have stopped accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of being too obsessed with Brexit to improve the prospects of those with a poor record.
May said she would create an economy that works for all Britons, but Commission Chairman Alan Milburn, a former minister in the Labor government of Tony Blair, said he was not keeping his promises.
"I sadly came to the conclusion that the current government has little hope, if any, of moving towards the fairer Britain of which the Prime Minister has spoken," Milburn told the BBC on Sunday.
"The government for understandable reasons focuses on Brexit and seems to lack the necessary bandwidth to be able to translate the rhetoric of the social healing division and promote social justice in reality."
May spoke on how to address the "fiery injustices" in society on her first day as prime minister last year.
He spoke about the fight against racism, gender inequality, the low performance of public schools and the difficulties young people face in buying a house.
A government spokesman said he was making good progress in social mobility.
"We accept that there is more to be done and that is why we are focusing our efforts on disadvantaged areas where we can make the biggest difference," the spokesperson said.
May, who presides over a cabinet at war and has faced an open rebellion by some of her own lawmakers, is being hit by crises.
Two ministers left the cabinet in May in the last month, putting pressure on the government before the December 14 and 15 summit on Britain's exit from the European Union, when Britain wants the leaders of the European Union EU give the green light to the talks on future trade relations.
An opinion poll published for the Mail On Sunday newspaper placed Labor at 45 percent with the ruling conservatives at 37 percent, the biggest advantage for the party of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in a poll by Survation pollster since the end of 2013.
The 8-point advantage would place the Labor Party in the territory of the total majority if the vote participation totals were reflected in the polls, "said Survation.
Corbyn has promised a radical renationalization, increases of taxes for the rich and increased spending on welfare, including the end of cuts in health care and the disbursement of university fees.
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