One of the biggest myths to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic is that Corona virus is a great leveller, a sickness that strikes all communities with equal venom irrespective of social standing or race.
Mike Leigh’s Peterloo is a barnstorming masterclass in social history that successfully conveys, with the director’s trademark gritty realism, the experiences of early 19th Century northern urbanites as they battled for their democratic rights in the face of Tory oppression.
Ruth Jarman, one of the people involved in the XR’s controversial train protest last October, says she has doubts about the effectiveness of the action but wouldn’t rule out doing something similar again.
Accusations that its messaging and tactics exclude working class and non-white people will have affected XR, which undoubtedly considers itself progressive.
As a passionate economic equality activist, I found myself unable to raise a glass in celebration of TV presenter Samira Ahmed’s successful equal pay claim against the BBC, a victory that will see her paid £3,000 per episode of Newswatch and that may win her nearly £700,000 in back pay.
Professor Diane Reay explains how England’s education system merely reflects rather than remedies inequality and how it has always failed the working-class.