Thursday, 21 February 2013

Who’s ‘not your type of people’

About 4 years ago, David Cameron told Desert Island Discs that his favourite band was ‘The Smiths’.Yesterday, Jonny Marr, one of the founding members of the band was on the radio. He made clear he didn’t like the PM’s politics very much and then said a rather odd thing, “He…
Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Youth Culture – good or bad?

Mods, Rockers, Punk, Emos – every generation of young people since the 1960s have had their own sub-culture with distinct music, language and dress.Sub-cultures are at their strongest where groups feel unwelcomed by the majority. The immigrant Irish community in the 19th century, the gay community at the end of…
Our schools are more divided by income and ethnicity than any other rich country.  This should worry us.  It means we are failing to prepare our children for living in modern Britain.  So what can be done about it.  What would you do?
Ever walked into a party and immediately felt judged?  Or a meeting?  Or a conference?  Or a gathering of someone else’s friends. As you looked around the room, you somehow knew everyone was thinking about you, “What are they doing here.  They shouldn’t be here, they’re far too …”
Friday, 15 February 2013

Five myths about Divided Britain

The Challenge Network exists to bring people together across lines of difference. We exist to turn Divided Britain into United Britain where people trust each other again. As I talk to people about what we do, these are the top five myths I encounter.
There is a famous African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”. At The Challenge Network, we believe that the opposite is also true, “A divided village raises a divided child.”
Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Me and My Cleaner

My favourite response to my claim that the UK is socially divided by income: “That’s not true, I always say hello to my cleaner.” 
Here’s three questions for you. – “Did you go to university?” – “Did you grow up in a flat rather than a house?” – “Were your parents on benefits?”
Monday, 11 February 2013

Can Women play the Horn?

Your probably haven’t heard of Ms Abbie Connaut. A German woman who played the horn. The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra hadn’t heard of her when she wrote asking for a horn audition. If they had they probably wouldn’t have thought she was a man and written her a letter inviting Mr.…
Friday, 08 February 2013

Segregation in the UK

1 in 5 children in this country don’t have enough money to afford school meals. You might not know that as they probably weren’t many at your school. 
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