Gaps, gaps everywhere
Today we find out that the newly proposed ban on smoking, or more accurately the exemptions that might be written into the ban, will widen the "health gap". This is the same "health inequality gap" that we were told a week ago is already widening even without a ban on smoking. This is not to be confused with the "education gap" we heard about 3 weeks ago, although it is probably the very same "rich" people in good health that are also disturbingly high academic achievers. (If only the rich were a little more sick and a little less smart, that "gap" would go away and the Beeb could breath a little easier. ) I'm guessing that this "education gap" is somehow related to the "black pupil exclusion gap" we heard about in March and which sees more black kids than white kids kicked out of school. (The obvious solution to this gap problem: kick more white kids out of school). All of this, of course, will undoubtedly be exacerbated by the increasing use of the Internet, which, we were told on Tuesday, could widen the "wealth gap" by making it easier for people to find just the kind of neighborhood they want (don't ask..you've got to read it.) Earlier in June the Beeb combined the themes of an education gap and a wealth gap to come up with the "graduate earnings gap" which, you'll surely be happy to know (unless you are a graduate), is apparently not as wide as it might have been. And, speaking of graduates, although not enough of them are learning French and German, resulting in a "language gap", at least one university is doing its best to eliminate the nefarious "dental gap" that Norfolk (presumably and most especially Norfolk's poor, given the education, wealth, and health gaps) is suffering under.
The BBC's quest for a fully egalitarian UK in all measures of life continues unabated.