Category: Class

Hetty Douglas – the name which has infamously hit recent headlines. Whether it be Hetty, Hattie, Georgina or Beatrice, Oliver, Rory or Harry, they all seem to embody the same lifestyle, attitudes and dress style. You’ll see them in Russell Groups, museums, gentrified bars in Clapham, intolerably chatting absolute...

After the Finsbury Park attack, the right-wing media and far-right personalities were attacked by the left. The Daily Mail, The Sun, Katie Hopkins… They all came under fire for their repetitive anti-Muslim rhetoric. It’s easy for us to blame these media sources for the radicalisation of white men. These newspapers are...

Since I was a child, I have wanted to be an archaeologist. In the beginning, I thought the word archaeologist made me seem mature, but it was really the practical application of an interest in history that drew me to the discipline. My parents encouraged this interest, and I acquired books about archaeology,...

It’s the start of the New Year, and most people are getting back to their daily routines after the holidays. As term came to an end in December, and people excitedly told me about their plans for Christmas and the rest of their holidays, I was reminded that I don’t ever really make plans for the latter half of...

The living wage, an improvement on the minimum wage aimed at providing a minimum wage that matches the current cost of living, is fundamentally a good idea. There’s an inconsistency to it however: it doesn’t apply equally to everyone. If you’re under 25, you can legally be paid less for the same work as your older...

Theresa May’s plans to reintroduce grammar schools has been one of the most controversial suggestions since she became Prime Minister in July this year. Although they are criticised by many as being straight out of the 1950s, there are still grammar schools dotted about the UK today – and many of our generation attended...

On the morning of September 3rd, something in the British media changed. Refugees and migrants stopped being demonised and dehumanised and began acknowledging that many of the people travelling across Europe are actually refugees. On 3rd September, images of three year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi washed up dead on the...

After 19 long years helping some of the nation’s most truly vulnerable children, the charity Kids Company closed its doors yesterday. In a statement released on its website, the organisation explained that all children’s centres were shut and staff told not to report to work. The development has been a huge blow for...

Last September, I was made redundant from my first graduate job. At the tender(ish) age of 24, after getting through uni and finding a job that I didn’t love but didn’t hate, I was in no way prepared to be back in the Job Centre. But that’s exactly where I ended up. At first I was relieved to be leaving the company; I...

*Note: this post was published in 2014*   Between the ages of 13 and 19 I genuinely considered the grimy riverside town of Gravesend in Kent to be easily the worst place in the entire world to live. As a teenager struggling with my sexuality and struggling with having an increasingly disabled mother, my ties and...