Working Class

Integration Is Everyone's Responsibility

Qari Asim | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

The success of this Review will be judged by implementation of its proposals in an inclusive and compassionate way so as to avoid further suspicion, mistrust and segregation.

A Postcode Should Never Dictate Potential

Rachael Gibbons | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachael Gibbons

Leadership potential exists in young people regardless of their background or family income, yet the chances to progress in the workplace are often limited by childhood circumstance. It must be ensured that in order for a more just society our leadership accurately reflects the needs of diverse communities.

Working Class Oxford Students Wearing Primark Clothes Win Protection From Bullying

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An Oxford University college is to appoint a “class liberation officer” to protect working-class students from being called “chavs” or being i...

Are We Living In A Divided Society?

Edward Adoo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Edward Adoo

Many Americans were hoping for a positive election result to improve race and community relations. With Trump elected the future seems uncertain but will the result have any effect on how we deal with community relations across Britain? The new era of right wing politics has not just taken effect across America but it has led to a far right uprising across Europe.

Manchester - One Of The Worst Places To Be A Girl In The UK... Or Is It?

Frankie Leach | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frankie Leach

Plan International UK has recently released a report finding that Manchester, among with Blackpool and Middlesbrough, is one of the worst places in the UK to be a girl.

Social Mobility: The Continuing Pressure To Meet Quotas Means We've Sidestepped Our Real Responsibilities

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

Positive Discrimination was outlawed by the Equality Act 2010. Yet, there remains an incandescent pressure amongst employers and universities to meet ...

Don't Make Me Laugh, Mr Fox

Paul Clayton | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Lawrence, just because you're working for a very low salary does not mean you are working class. Being working class is to do with an awful to more than how much you are paid.

Further Education And Adult Learning Can Provide An Engine For Social Mobility Where Grammar Schools Can't

Rich Wigley | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rich Wigley

Reintroducing Grammar Schools surely won't be cheap. I believe that budget could be better used to help support our FE colleges. Theresa May may have won over Tories hearts, but like the majority of her predecessors, she has proved to have too narrow a mind to win over everyday people.

The Metro-Left's Problem With The Working Class

Sam White | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Politics
Sam White

Let's be clear about another thing too - there's more to voting than just choosing which party promises to benefit you the most financially.

Social Justice Has Become A Brand

Joanna Taylor | Posted 29.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joanna Taylor

The other major disadvantage to the mainstream branding of social justice is that it's making the Right loathe us. From the point of view of a social conservative, social justice is the new normal in the public eye and especially on social media, meaning that their opinions appear sidelined, oppressed and unspeakable.

Why Are White Working Class Boys Not Going to University?

Oliver Beach | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Oliver Beach

Business leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Lord Sugar either didn't complete or attend university. According to the education-focussed think tank, these boys feel empowered to be part of the anomaly that achieves incomparable success without the higher education experience...

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 02.11.2016 | 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 27.10.2016 | 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 23.09.2016 | 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 16.09.2016 | 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 02.08.2016 | 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.