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Date published: 2011/04/05
The BBC says:
Nick Clegg has come under fire over his plan to improve social mobility, with Labour claiming it is "mission impossible" with him at the helm.
In an angry Commons exchange, deputy leader Harriet Harman accused Mr Clegg of "betraying a generation of young people" by raising tuition fees.
But the deputy PM said Labour had failed to improve social mobility despite doubling public spending.
He said the coalition's "overriding mission" was to make society fairer.
Mr Clegg vowed to end the culture in which opportunity was determined by "who know you" - but admitted that he had benefited from an internship at a Finnish bank, secured as a result of "family connections".
The deputy prime minister faced questions in the Commons after unveiling the government's social mobility and child poverty strategies - entitled Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers.
As part of the plan, he announced that informal internships for young people in Whitehall would be banned.
"They should get an internship because of what they know," he told the BBC.
"It's not just because of someone who's met somebody at the tennis club or the golf club, who's whispered something into someone's ear and they've got an internship for their son or daughter."
Clegg is unbelievable. The only reason he and most of the cabinet are where they are in life is because of who they know, not what they know. Clegg in particular is the ultimate elite private school and then Oxbridge educated "nice but dim" person. The less he says about social mobility the better, he has no clue.
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