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Shock, baby born!

Issue No. 1698

What's all the fuss about?

Shock, baby born!

ANYONE would think that Leo Blair was the only baby born in Britain this year, judging by the fuss in the press. The thousands of babies born every day to working class parents can expect a very different life to Leo.

The Blairs' baby can expect to live nine and a half years longer than a baby born to an unskilled manual worker, according to the most recent government statistics (see pages eight and nine). Like his two brothers, who go to a selective school, he can expect the kind of education denied to most working class kids.

The Blairs' baby is over three times more likely to get five GCSE passes in grades A to C than a baby born to an unskilled manual worker. The baby of an unskilled manual worker, by contrast, is:

  • Twice as likely to die before the age of five.
  • Four times more likely to die in a road accident.
  • Twice as likely to have a mental health problem.
  • Seven times more likely to die from respiratory disease and four times more likely to die from lung cancer.

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Sat 27 May 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1698
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