UK Class

'Corrie' Star Katherine Leads 'Doctor Who' Spin-Off Cast

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

Katherine Kelly is set to star in new 'Doctor Who' spin-off show, 'Class'. The former 'Coronation Street' actress will lead the cast of the new serie...

What Can We Expect From Today's Budget?

Faiza Shaheen | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Faiza Shaheen

This Budget reminds me of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. I looked back at a blog I wrote on George Osborne's 2011 budget, and as well as feeling old, I feel repetitive. Over the past seven years budget after budget has been deemed regressive. This budget looks to be no different... The cumulative impact of seven years of regressive budgets has been dire for women and the most vulnerable in society.

'Yen' at the Royal Court - Why Are We So Squeamish About Britain's Underclass on Stage?

Jessie Thompson | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

If Yen is trying to tell us one thing, it is that people become brutalized by a system that neglects them, but we can all have a chance if someone or something can remind us that we're not invisible, that we do have something to offer the world.

You Don't Need to Be Middle Class to Be a Beauty Blogger, But It Helps

Louise Kennedy | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Style
Louise Kennedy

Bella sets her camera up on a tripod, making sure to position it in front of a window to get the most light. She checks herself in the camera screen, brushes her hair behind her ears, and takes a deep breath.

Reminiscing: Rock on the Dole

Horace Trubridge | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

I was still signing on at the dole office when Darts, the band I joined when I was just 18 years old, had their first top ten hit record. I signed off the dole when someone in the queue pointed out that they had seen me on Top of the Pops the week before.

Where Are the Working Class Actors?

Felix Denton | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Felix Denton

There is a wealth of British acting talent coming through the ranks on stage and in films. Over the last year people like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Rosamund Pike have all gained critical acclaim and A-List status in Hollywood, and they all have one other thing in common which is that they were privately educated.

Cambridge University's Access Efforts Dealt Another Blow

Damiano Sogaro | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Damiano Sogaro

Students who know that Oxbridge isn't engaged in a mission to create spend-a-holic graduates with world domination as their goal - which necessarily mean those students either with family who have attended Cambridge, or experienced life at Cambridge through one of the excellent access schemes - will continue to apply. The status quo will endure.

Thank You Cambridge, But I'm Not Sorry

Joe Goodman | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Goodman

One thing that's important to say is how grateful I am to Cambridge. My time at University has done wonders for me that I am endlessly grateful for: the education I received has without a shadow of a doubt completely changed my life, and many things I learnt from people I met and experiences I had while at University have had an intractable impact on my being.

Social Mobility Does Not Exist

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

The elite members of the British class system seek to protect their privilege, and if you can't do that by assigning the plebs to heavy industry, then you can do it by scoffing at their lack of cultural capital.

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 F...

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'.