Brand new Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a remarkable speech upon assuming office on June 13, 2016. Notable among the topics she addressed were unity and inequality, about which she said the following:
[W]e believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our citizens - every one of us - whoever we are and wherever we’re from.
That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others.
If you’re black you are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.
If you’re a white working-class boy you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university.
If you’re at a state school you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately.
If you’re a woman you will earn less than a man.
If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand.
If you’re young you will find it harder than ever before to own your own home. If you’re from an ordinary working-class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise.
Although it is much more difficult to effect real social change than simply to utter stirring words, May established a reputation as Home Secretary for setting and accomplishing measurable goals. May she succeed!