UK Class

It Is Class, Not Gender, That Divides

Django Wylie | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Django Wylie

Like a creepy uncle contemplating emigration, page three is unlikely to be missed. But the hydra-headed jubilation in some of the press is little more than an unseemly basking in a class-tinged tyranny of some people's taste over others, which distracts from an appreciation of painful economic inequality.

'I Haven't Seen a Drop, Never Mind a Trickle': Economics and TTIP, the View From Bradford

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Why should they trust assurances that TTIP will be great for everyone, when it's clear that no-one knows what the impacts will be for different regions, especially when civil servants try to pretend that there are no possible risks associated with the deal? They know better than most that a deal done in secrecy, negotiated by the world's elite, stands little chance of being in their interests.

Beautiful? Damned?

Caragh Little | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

So a well-known Sunday Colour Supplement has issued some good advice, this weekend, on how normal women can emulate 'expensive' beauty using products and procedures in their price-range.

New UK Banking Act: A Missed Opportunity to Make Banks Socially Responsible

Prem Sikka | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Politics
Prem Sikka

Some six years after the banking crash, there is little sign of any major reform. The UK's Banking Reform Act is a disappointment and at one stage was described by the chair of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards as "virtually useless".

Male Film Tropes You'll Never See

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Lindsell

I enjoyed this Cracked article so much, I thought I'd explore a bit further. The article cheekishly suggests that Hollywood doesn't need more Strong ...

Why 'Plebgate' Should Be Far From Over

Charlotte Mason | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Mason

The 'Plebgate' row involving Andrew Mitchell MP, who resigned following his alleged use of the derogatory term, reopened the wounds of a heated debate about the British class system... Whether Mr Mitchell uttered the word or not, 'Plebgate' is a microcosm of the injustice faced by millions because of where they come from and the opportunities available to them.

A Misconceived View of Gentrification

Edward Adoo | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Edward Adoo

Alex's attack on "Shoreditchification" goes beyond the shores of Brick Lane, Hackney Road, Shoreditch High Street, Kingsland Road and surrounding areas. It's a real dig at what Londoners are all about. Get over it Alex, go and mingle with your gentrified buddies and chill out.

Bored In Class?

The Huffington Post UK/Rex | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student has found a way to combat being bored in class by doodling on her thighs.. an her illustrations have landed her a job. Jody Steel, 19, fo...

Pupils At Risk Of Being Segregated By Class And Race In Schools, Warns Study

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Britain's schoolchildren are at risk of being segregated by class and race due to repeated attempts to introduce different types of state schools, a s...

Paying to Be In the Company We Prefer to Keep

Katie Hopkins | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Hopkins

Sat in sunny Rhodes, I am acutely aware that the families sitting in the 'deluxe' area of the resort have one unspoken benefit. They have paid to be amongst the sort of company they prefer to keep.

Being Clever is Not the Same as Being Posh

Jilly Luke | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jilly Luke

This little spell is not evidence that I am posh. Evidence that I'm a show-off? Maybe. Evidence that I'm a pretentious prat? Probably. It might even be evidence that I'm a bit good at writing essays on "Rings in Shakespearean Problem Plays". Evidence that I have managed a feat of social climbing which would make Becky Sharp damp-eyed with admiration? Certainly not.

We Are All Starving Artists Now: Why Web 2.0 is About Meaning Not Money

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Tech
Eric Kaufmann

The internet helps creative people circulate their content to millions, gaining influence, meaning and occasionally fame. Yet monetizing this goodwill is like wringing blood from a stone. Why? Because the internet unites three impulses that once lived separate lives.

Classism Is Made in Chelsea

Freya Bromley | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

Made in Chelsea instills a post code hatred in all of us. Is the propagation of the wealthy in popular culture responsible for classist attitudes in the UK?

Margaret Thatcher Is Dead and I Will Shed no Tears

John Wight | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

I refuse to accept for a second that her death should be mourned or that her impact on British society and the world was anything other than a baneful one. The countless lives ruined, shortened, and blighted by this woman in the war she unleashed on the working class in this country is unquantifiable.

Are You A Member Of The 'Elite' Or The 'Precariat'?

Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics

British people no longer fit into three social classes, with only one in seven in the "traditional working class", a new study has suggested. The U...

What Comedy Can Learn From 'Plebgate'

Hugh Bassett | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hugh Bassett

We have developed a shame around being posh. It's okay to laugh at someone who calls their father 'daddy, but not at someone who calls them 'dad'.

Classy Women Don't Swear, Beyonce

Tanesha Westcarr | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tanesha Westcarr

Class doesn't need to get a megaphone walking the streets screaming "hey look everyone, I'm classy." No. Class speaks all by itself. That is why I was a bit shocked by Beyonce's new song Bow Down.

Dear Anna Soubry... You're Wrong

Rob Lyons | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Lyons

The newish minister for public health probably thought she was being sympathetic with her comments about obesity and the poor. But she was really just revealing her prejudices.

This House Believes Oxbridge Has Failed Britain

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Can Britain's two most prominent educational establishments can be said to have failed the country?

Oxbridge Entry and the Power of the Market

Tim Whitmarsh | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Whitmarsh

The latest episode in the long-running series of Oxbridge admissions 'scandals' is one of the more dramatic ones.

Why Child Benefit Encapsulates Britain's Class War

Jemma Wayne | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

For many families in that 15%, Child Benefit represents the last visible, tangible thing they receive from the state. If they do not send their children to state school, if they use private healthcare, if they pay for their lawyers, drive a car, own their property, and have never claimed welfare, then this may be the only state benefit they have ever received. And put in these terms, they may well feel entitled to it. Of course, it can be argued that they are privileged not to have to rely on state infrastructure not to have to sit on NHS waiting lists or suffer a post-code lottery education.

Has the 24-hour News Culture Spurred a National Awakening in India?

Nabila Pathan | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nabila Pathan

Has India's incessant news coverage started the process of shaking the patriarchal foundations of government? It is too soon to make such a statement, but one hopes this is the initial rousing of change.

How Can We Be Free When We're Being Forced to Live How Somebody Else Wants Us to?

Michael Morrison | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Morrison

People should be able to live how they want, not how some illiberal nanny state that thinks it knows best and forces laws onto its unwilling subjects wants them to.

Could Olivia Pope Be Black British?

Stephen Isaac-Wilson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stephen Isaac-Wilson

Another remarkable thing about Scandal is its black female middle class protagonist. In light of the more culturally diverse UK according to the recent census, it left me wondering, whether this could ever be the case for a British drama?

21st Century Slavery in Great Britain

Marcus Middleton | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK Politics
Marcus Middleton

whatever your political persuasion may be, you have to agree, there's a hidden poverty in Great Britain and it's becoming too great a problem to ignore.