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Speaking at the recent Liberal Democrat Conference, Mr Clegg was quick to point out the present socio-political shortcomings, economy being at the top where he warned that “you don't play politics with the economy”!

Like the notion of ‘big society’, he floated an attractive idea of ‘new economy for the whole nation - an economy for everyone’.  However, he did not explicitly informed how this could be achieved, especially as many socio-economic policies have different impact on different groups of people like the most vulnerable and others who have different but equally important needs.

His descriptive speech also reminded that “this summer, we saw the consequences of a society in which some people feel they have no stake at all”.

Linking to the equal opportunities, he said that while everyone agrees with it but “then we allow prejudice, tradition and class to crush a million hopes and dreams, watch young children's lives go off track even before they go off to school, sit idly by while talent goes to waste”.

“Children from a poor background a year behind in language skills before the age of five; more young black men in prisons than at Russell Group universities.  And within one city, two nations: in Hammersmith and Fulham in West London, more than half the children leaving state schools head to a good university.  Just thirty minutes east - down the district line to Tower Hamlets - and just four percent do”.

Regarding the employment, Mr Clegg said, “you never, ever play politics with people's jobs”. Wonder how he could explain the fact that the 12.8 percent gap nationally between the ethnic minority employment rate and the average employment rate has become wider since the onset of the recession.

Having drawn attention to the equal opportunities, the deputy prime minister failed to identify a working programme based on meaningful measures to address inequalities.


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