Middle Class

Middle Class Parenting Dramas

Jude Coy | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Parents
Jude Coy

Despite living in 'classless' Britain and being 'middle class' (ahem) there has always been a part of me that feels like I am masquerading somehow. I have never really felt the need to get caught up in any kind of pretension and quite honestly I couldn't care less about my social standing. That is until I became a parent.

Brexit Aftermath: Flipping the Bird at the Elite?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

The decision to Brexit is one of the most irrational collective decisions in recent history, because those already feeling the heat have turned it up even higher, proving to be their own worst enemy. It was a destructive move, but it wasn't a bolt out of the blue either.

Don't Blame Jeremy Corbyn for a General Failure of the Left

Sam Harrison | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

The only hope of the party now is to be bold, offer a radical new alternative to those who have realised their power in this referendum - and to keep Corbyn, who alone can make that appeal credibly, as leader. History suggests that Labour cannot win without him.

How Classy Is the Brexit Debate and Should Dave Step Down If He Loses?

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

As the Statista infographic based on ICM figures shows, the posher parts of the country are mostly in favour of staying put, while the less well-off seemingly want to get out.

Where Opportunity Leads, Talent Will Follow

Chris Hirst | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Hirst

A recent headline in the Guardian: "Privately educated elite continues to take top jobs..." I read this story recently and my heart sank. Don't get m...

What My Time at Oxford Taught Me About Social Mobility

Paul Reza Afshar | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Reza Afshar

I'd begun to distend the very things that made up me. The success of my attempt to traverse the social strata so neatly laid out at Oxford was not dependent on how clever I thought I was but by whether others saw me as one of them. I'd become socially immobile...

The 2016 Dictionary of Modern Parenting

Kirsty Smith | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kirsty Smith

Modern parenting can be confusing. As a mother, I just want to know how many times a week I can feed a three year old biscuits for breakfast and still not blush whenever I say 'We don't really eat sugary snacks in our house'.

Boycott Your Graduation Ceremony If You Really Care About Class Divide

Rachel E. Brown | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel E. Brown

This summer, thousands of students will attend their graduation ceremony which traditionally marks the completion of an undergraduate degree at university. But this ceremony is not just some innocent celebration of achievement. Finalists seem to regard it a "must do" event, something you can't afford not to do...

'Game of Thrones' Isn't the Problem - We Are

Jake Yapp | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Jake Yapp

I'm a little surprised by people's shock at the rape of Sansa, inasmuch as there wasn't much left they could do. They've poured boiling lead over a guy's skull. They're running out of options.

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.

Getting By in the UK

Jayne Sykes | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Jayne Sykes

Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?

The Turn of the Budget Supermarkets

Paige Hiley | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

Aldi and Lidl have been, in the past, seen as the lowest of the low when regarding supermarket products. It is the sort of place you'd go when you're not able to buy the expensive products on display at your local Sainsbury's or you are in need of unusual ingredients from far away lands...

'Just Had The Worst Chai Latte Of My Life' And Other #MiddleClassProblems

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Dodgy chai tea, incorrect glassware and horse-riding etiquette - the problems of the middle class are hilarious endless. Tongue-in-cheek Twitter ha...

The People's Politics - Why It's Time Voters Are Really Represented In Parliament

Becky Hopper | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Politics
Becky Hopper

Perhaps we ought to start looking into The Green Party, or even The Animal Welfare Party, or rather than protest voting for the far right, protest vote by destroying our voting slips? Surely anything is better than voting for a party who're no better than the BNP?

Middle Income Families - Too Poor for University?

Becky Hopper | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Next time you hear someone explain that they 'can't afford to go to university' because they're from a low income family, please introduce them to the calamity that is Student Finance England.

To Troll, or Not to Troll?

Olga Levancuka | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Tech
Olga Levancuka

Even if the trolls are posting in response to the strange and at times controversial views of Katie Hopkins and others alike, the time to challenge the trolls has come. Because the trolls who provoke and the trolls who respond are no better.

Katie Hopkins; the Worst of Middle Class Britain

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Hopkins claimed that a child's name was an indicator of social class... tattoos are graffiti and those with tattoos will never be high achievers... She tweeted a cake in the form of an assault rifle, commenting it was the perfect thing for Muslims to eat when breaking their fast.

London Less Integrated Than the Rest of the Country, Report Finds

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Eric Kaufmann

Exactly why the middle bands of the class structure, which contains around half the population, contain less ethnic interaction is unclear. One explanation mooted by social theorists is that this group has less of an achieved status than the professional class, and therefore invests more strongly in its ethnic identity...

Hay-on-Wyte

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tess Finch-Lees

After half an hour waiting in my second cue of the day I was catatonic. The people behind were chatty at first but grew markedly frosty when little Sylvian exclaimed (finger pointing for dramatic effect) she's the one that booed bankers in the Tata tent!

UK Will Soon Be Just A 'Tiny Elite And Sprawling Proletariat'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

Britain will be left with a "tiny elite and huge sprawling proletariat" who have no chance of "clawing their way out of a hand-to-mouth existence" in ...

Governments Must Do More to Help Charities Earn Public Trust

John Low | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
John Low

Unfortunately in too many countries charities face a climate of suspicion and repression. Heavy handed government policy and the politicisation of charity regulation is undermining the trust of the public which is vital in the development of a thriving charity sector and civil society more broadly.

Rise of the Phrase 'Can I Get?'

Chris Rooney | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Rooney

Milly and I were in a Brockley coffee shop when I shared my observation. We always spoke with vigour and despite her femininity our meetings had a Frost/Nixon style frisson. Old fashioned literate types would call her bookish. I would call her a nerd. A hot nerd.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Middle Class Miliband

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 14 January 2013... 1) MIDDLE CLASS MILIBAND Restoring the quality of life for middle class ...

The Esoteric Nature of the Subtexts of Class in Society

Aamir Aziz | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aamir Aziz

When autumn announces itself in the lowlands; trees swing at three sixty and shed every evidence of the yester springs and summers from their shoots. ...

Theatre Is White and Wealthy

Scottee | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Scottee

This homogenous, white-and-wealthy audience isn't exclusive to the NT though- in fact it's rife! Go to any of London's big art spaces and you'll find a similar demographic... but why? What is it about modern theatre that isn't reaching out and exciting a broader demographic?