Working Class

The Hillsborough Commemoration Reminded Me Why I Am Against Scottish Independence

John Wight | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
John Wight

I am being invited by an increasingly bitter and intolerant Yes campaign for Scottish independence to cast a vote on September 18 that will separate working people in Scotland from working people in Liverpool and every other town and city in England and Wales, and instead express an affinity with any number of rich and affluent Scots on the basis of nothing more than the fact I happen to live in the same part of this island as them.

The Geographical Purge of Britain's Poorest

James Gibson | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Gibson

Thousands of people are being needlessly forced out of their communities, exiled from their homes and pushed away from friends and family, all due to a government policy that is entrenching class division.

Working Class Children Must 'Fit In' If They Want To Succeed

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Working class children must learn to behave more like the middle classes if they are to get ahead in life, a government adviser has claimed. Peter ...

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.

When Will Channel Four Be Making a Documentary About the Working Class Community that Came Together In the Search for Mikaeel Kular?

John Wight | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
John Wight

It is often in times of tragedy and crisis that we witness what is best in humanity and the human condition. This was undoubtedly the case in Edinburgh recently, when hundreds of volunteers turned out to join in the search for the missing - and tragically killed - three-year-old child Mikaeel Kular.

Dan Hodges' Attack on the 'Working-Class' Only Shows His Own Dark Side

James Mills | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
James Mills

Sadly there is no distinctiveness in Dan's article, it is just one of many similar examples of the stereotyping of the working classes. And the other problem for him is that the characteristics which Dan is describing are depressingly quite common.

Left Unity Will Fight for the Poor If Labour Won't

Salman Shaheen | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

We need a party that will stand by trade unions, not cut them adrift as they face yet another damaging setback for workers' rights at Grangemouth. We need a socialist party, a party that will fight as vigorously to defend the rights of the oppressed as the Tories do to defend the pockets of the privileged. Labour used to be these things, but no more.

Rethinking the White Van Man

Django Wylie | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK
Django Wylie

Around a year ago, I had occasion to work with three other men on some construction projects for film sets. The work was scattered around a number of venues across London, and each job required various specialised tools...

Why the People Want Ukip and the Luvvies Don't Get It

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Godfrey Bloom

The reason Ukip is now polling a consistent average in by-elections since May (23.6%) is admittedly a fascinating phenomenon... Those in the metropolitan élite bubble, who graze on sun-dried tomatoes, pasta and chardonnay are struggling with this. Why won't this beastly party of amateurs go away? It's now beyond a joke... People are turning to Ukip because no one else seems to understand the frustration ordinary working folk are feeling.

A Royal Pain in the Backside

Chris Saunders | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK
Chris Saunders

Private Eye magazine got it right with their front-page headline, 'WOMAN HAS BABY.' Does anything more really need to be said? How much more can you say, really? Sure, tell us how big or heavy it was if you must. What time it arrived, maybe. Tell us what they are going to call it. But anything else is superfluous.

Bob Crow Demands New 'Working-Class' Labour Party

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics

Firebrand trade union boss Bob Crow will seek to exploit Labour wranglings with unions by urging the movement to break ties with Ed Miliband and creat...

London Youth Speaks, Are We Listening? 'White Working Class Children': Classism, Racism, 'Extremism', And the Young Voters of 2015

Dr Anna Carlile | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Anna Carlile

Are policymakers talking to young people about how they feel? It seems not. Research at Goldsmiths, University of London through the Illuminate Student Researchers Project indicates that young people are unaccustomed to having their concerns taken seriously.

A Voice from Inside The Elite

Lisa Clarke | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Clarke

Just perhaps seeing a young woman in just her pants, in the newspaper everyday affected me as a child and still does and perhaps I want a better future?

Brass Not Class - It's Understanding Your Money That Matters

David Royle | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
David Royle

The British obsession with class has been revisited again, this week with the announcement that we no longer fit into three social classes. Instead we...

Thatcher's Gender Framed Her Politics

Diane Abbott | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Thatcher was certainly not a feminist either in principle or in practise. She is alleged to have said that feminism was "poison". Far from seeing herself as a role model to female politicians, she actually promoted fewer female MPs than her male predecessors. She was the archetypal successful woman who revelled in being 'one of the boys'. But in a curious way the cult around her, particularly in the later years of her career, was one that could only have been excited by a woman.

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.

Why Sandie Shaw's Posh Bashing Misses the Point

Sean O'Meara | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sean O'Meara

But moaning about posh popstars and the inevitable response from the media of championing "real artists" is a self-perpetuating cycle. For every Mumford and Sons, there's a Jake Bugg waiting by to call them out on their accents.

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'.

Ukip Champions the Working Class

Paul Nuttall | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Nuttall

Ukip opposes any kind of aspiration-killing policy, such as Labour's oft repeated dream of punitive taxation, because it does not drive people to want to better themselves, thus killing social mobility and innovation. Ukip wants people from all backgrounds to have the chance to be more socially mobile.

Ten Reasons to Hate the Welfare Cash Card

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The Welfare Cash Card is a direct attack on equality, dignity and human freedom.

The Boundary Changes Were a Crutch for the Tories - Now They HAVE To Broaden Their Appeal

David Skelton | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Politics
David Skelton

In the minds of some Tories, the boundary changes may have been a substitute for making the tough choices necessary to reach out to voters still sceptical of the Tory brand.

Oxford's Wealth Discrimination Comes as No Surprise

Amy Ashenden | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Amy Ashenden

It does not come as a surprise that the media has yet again picked up on Oxbridge prioritising wealthy, private school students, although it is refreshing that someone is taking action against the hierarchy.

It's Not a Race Issue, It's a CLASS Issue

Layla Haidrani | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Layla Haidrani

Before even suggesting they should apply to university, it's about time people re-thought how to treat the working class as a category, not dividing them by races.

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.

A Class of its Own - Lessons From British Society

June Sun | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
June Sun

Before the UK, I had no idea that supermarkets could be ranked posh. I thought organic olives and manchgo cheese were for hungry people worried about chemicals, not a consumer choice that could be linked to a double-barrelled surname.