A class of society

writtenbyQ4u By writtenbyQ4u, 27th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A brief trail through the recent history of the UK and how societies expectations have changed.

Begin at the top.

As a boy, growing up in the seventies and eighties, I remember there being a clear social divide. It was in government, education, people. The Labour party was the bastion of the working classes. Unions, people in service of the general public and the many whose schooling never went beyond secondary standard, voted for Labour, the working man's party.
The more affluent in society generally went with the Conservative party. The ruling classes, university educated and captains of industry, gravitated toward the party that protected their interest; their money.
In the late seventies and into the eighties, there was a shift.
Margaret Thatcher came to power and she brought a vision with her. She wanted people to be their own 'bosses'. Whereas many people used to happily rent for their entire lives, she sold the idea of home ownership.
The idea of a job for life faded from the national consciousness, as did apprenticeships and aiming for jobs that, in late eighties and through the nineties, became unattractive.
With everybody, even those whose academic ability would be, shall we say, less than adequate, applying for university.
Since the turn of the century, there has been a belief that everyone is better than their station. With no thought of working for it, gaining experience, learning from those who have gone before, how does anyone measure aspirations?
The dream of a certain Mr Blair, for a classless society, has left us with a society with no class. Is that an improvement?


Aspiration, Conservative, Education, Labour, Society, University

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I am a fitness instructor dreaming of being a film script writer. I tend to write - or rant! - about anything that takes my fancy.

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