Working Class

The Demonisation of the Working-Class Shames Our Nation

Paul Embery | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Something very nasty is happening. A group of people, the most exploited within our society, are under attack. Their marginalisation has been going on for years. But it has accelerated disturbingly since 23 June.

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.

Classics for the Common Class

Rebecca Marano | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Marano

We need to squash the redundant notion that it is a subject purely for the linguistically capable elite, and open the doors to the less privileged. This subject is not limited only to language study; the ancient world is full of areas of exploration, so let's not pretend academic scholarship must be limited to linguistics. It's time elitism was shunned from the Classics community and Classical Civilisation is accepted and promoted to all.

KFC And McDonald's Banning Under 18s 'Targets The Working Class'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A decision by KFC and McDonald's to ban under 18s from eating in some branches in the UK has been slammed as a "reckless" one that targets "working cl...

Laurence Fox Tells Julie Walters To 'Shut Up' Over Working-Class Actors Row

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 20.02.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘Lewis’ actor Laurence Fox has urged Julie Walters to “shut up”, following her recent comments about the need for more working-class actors in...

Why Education Is Failing the Working Class

Sarah Newton | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Newton

The government has recently imposed new rules on universities to work more closely with schools in poorer areas, targeting white working-class boys in particular in a bid to get them into higher education. But can this really get past the social elite class system in the UK?

We Need More Working Class Journalists

James Cropper | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Cropper

We all know journalism does a lot of reporting but it is about time that the industry addresses this problem, which ironically exists under its very nose. If it does, a more diverse range of voices will have a platform to be expressed which can only lead to a more democratic industry.

Tax Credits Row Obscures a Bleak Future for the Working Poor

Mark Hillary | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

For the past week the story of Chancellor George Osborne and his attempt to rein in the tax credit system has filled the comment pages. To some, Osbor...

Let's Not Turn Oxbridge Into a Comprehensive

Judith Vonberg | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Judith Vonberg

As an Oxford graduate educated in a comprehensive school, I am dismayed at the idea of abandoning the selection criteria at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Academic standards would deteriorate and academically minded students would be denied the chance to aspire.

Let's Stop Saying We Are Full and Deal With the Refugee Crisis

Edward Adoo | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Edward Adoo

We have to remember those refugees are human beings like us, not cattle. They need our help, they have no homes, food, shelter. Regardless of religious or atheist beliefs - we have to help them it's a mandatory cause that should not even be questioned. Let's do the right thing.

Should Working Class Students Avoid University Altogether?

Louis Thomas | Posted 02.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Thomas

The first reason why working class students should consider avoiding university altogether, is because it is bloody expensive. Tuition fees in the UK are already sky-high in comparison to many of the other European countries. Under a Tory government, there's a strong chance that tuition fees will get even higher by the end of the next parliament as well.

Don't Let the Piecemeal Policies Distract - This Is a 'Tory' Budget

Beth Miller | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Miller

It's a budget of which young people and those working on the lowest incomes are the biggest victims. Don't let the piecemeal soundbite policies distract from that. It's a political master class in creating the perception of centrist policies while pursuing an ideologically right wing economic agenda that appeases those who turn out and vote, older people and the wealthy.

If Britain Is Broken - They Didn't Break It

Duane Hopkins | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Politics
Duane Hopkins

I was born in 73. I grew up in a working class family. A big family. A working class family that was part of a community. A community that was empl...

How I Survived Art Education and Made It Into the Art World

Antony Micallef | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Antony Micallef

I was lucky enough to enter the art world at a stage when urban art was just about to take off. I started out showing in small group exhibitions around 2005 with artists like Banksy and a few others. The scene then exploded.

People Like Us Wouldn't Get a Chance Today

Paul Clayton | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

For many it's been a struggle to get there. Young actors emerge from their training weighed down by debt, and - given that less than 2% of actors earn over £20,000 a year from their acting - many leave the profession in the first 5 to 10 years, to seek financial security, dignity, and some quality of life.

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.

'Skint' Vs 'Posh People' - Inequality and the Great Class Divide

Becky Hopper | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

With 'Posh People' - based on the readership of Tatler magazine - on one channel and 'Skint' on another, it's probably time to address the growing inequality and the huge class divide...

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.

Liberal Tyranny Over the Working Class - From Catcalling to Dapper Laughs

Mahmood Naji | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

The liberal elite's hegemony over the public discourse is longstanding and indeed we have seen this exact kind of thing before. The media's response to the likes of UKIP and the English Defence League (EDL), both movements with great appeal among the working class, has been to silence, ridicule, and marginalise them.

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.

The Resurgence of the British Musical Invasion: America, Meet The UK's Newest Artist, Sammie Jay!

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Sammie Jay. Remember that name. She will become a household item in the coming future just as surely and quickly as her contemporary Sam Smith rose to fame seemingly overnight.

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...