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Social mobility: Philip Collins on grammar schools

18 October 2013 Last updated at 11:22 BST

All grammar schools achieved was to put Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott in a TV studio, claimed a former Tony Blair speechwriter who reckoned politicians do not really have much power to achieve "social mobility".

Philip Collins said he knew why politicians liked the idea of helping social mobility, but he reckoned: "In a century of trying, we have made no progress at all."

In a personal film for BBC1's This Week, The Times journalist looked at the issue on the day the government's Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission warned a target of ending child poverty by 2020 was likely to be missed.

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