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Now for this week's parenting news...
Standard of living to plunge at fastest rate since 1920s: Families will see their disposable income eaten up as they "pay the inevitable price" for the financial crisis, says Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England. With wages failing to keep pace with rising inflation, he says workers' take-home pay will be, by the end of the year, worth the same as in 2005 – the most prolonged fall in living standards for more than 80 years. (Telegraph 25.01.11)
Men are getting a 'raw deal', says MP: Despite having some of the toughest anti-discrimination laws in the world, we are "blind to some of the most flagrant discrimination – against men", says Tory MP Dominic Raab. Writing on an influential political website, Raab says, "Men work longer hours, enjoy their jobs less, commute further and are more likely to get the sack," adding that "feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots." (Politics Home 24.01.11; join the discussion on Talk)
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Quote of the week: MegBusset spots a new job-for-life baby-naming trend: "One of the models (10-year-old boy) in the new Mini Boden catalogue is called, um, Boden."
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Aitch's TV round-up: Who Get the Best Jobs?, Wednesday 2 February, BBC2, 9pm
Well, here's some cheery news for you. Apparently, our young, working-class, comp-educated kids are every bit as likely to make it to the top jobs now as they were just after the First World War. That is to say not very likely at all. Turns out, says reporter Richard Bilton and former-Labour-cabinet-minister-turned-coalition-tsar Alan Milburn, social mobility went all immobile on us while we weren't looking. Sure, private-school children will be fine because someone's Daddy will do them a favour but, for the rest of us, it looks like the future is all about 'birth, not worth'. And before you say, "'Twas ever thus", it wasn't. Now it's worse. Depressing stuff...
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Recipe of the week: Indith's Perfectly squishy cookies
Properly more-ish melty-chewy biccies. Easy to make and much eaten recommended by RachelMumsnet's DH.
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