From Polly Toynbee's column in today's Guardian:
Aspiration and social mobility are the useful mirage, laying blame squarely with individuals who should try harder to escape their families and friends, instead of seeking great fairness for all. It suits life's winners to pretend this is a meritocracy: we well-off deserve our luck, anyone can join us if they try.
I suppose my question is, would a genuine meritocracy be that much of an improvement? Worth a read.