"In the rich individualistic world that many of us live in, we have the possibility for many choices."
That is a bit smug and elitist, is it not? Many of the people I am concerned about have few choices. Let me give two examples.
Choice of going to university with the high debt risk – less available to those with lower economic capital and even if they go their choice of where is limited by their social and, linked, academic capital, and, if you want to go to a ‘posh’ university, skin colour. The choice of school at an earlier in life is now controlled by private providers with little or no commitment to equity.
Choice of health care – I have been part of the successful campaign in Lewisham to keep open the A+E and maternity services. Now the government will change the law to allow themselves to do something currently illegal and continuingly uneconomic and unjust.
- In Glasgow, most people will have more choices than the average person in
sub-Saharan Africa. We will not all have the same flexibility and array of
options as each other but we all have some small choices that we can
- In the 21st century, most people have more choices to make
than the average person in the 20th century. Even in my life time I have seen things change. Many more people now have a choice of different career paths, at a variety of stages in life. Choosing to work for yourself has become a viable option for many. Changing partners has become a regular occurrence for some where it would have been frowned upon just a few generations ago.
However I suspect my reader was right too that I am more fortunate than a lot of people, even in my own country - I have made choices which gives me the chance to make mistakes, have regrets and learn from them. And for this challenge I thank him.