The Class System is Static | Lisa McKenzie | Part 5 of 6

I now look to dr. Lisa Mackenzie to close the case for the proposition well thank you Oxford Union for inviting this working-class woman from a mining community from a striking miner my father was a first strike a miner my grandfather was a miner my great-grandfather was a miner and I worked in a factory making tights for the first nine years when I left school without any education in 1984 during the miners strike so you might think that that gives me the argument for this side of the house but actually what I want to do is to tell you now that there is no slippage of class class is static it is where it always has been it is the center of power in British society everyone in this room tonight wherever I speak I speak a lot about class because I am the working class representative I am the academic that they need to invite because there are very few of us so I am saying to you now the you we might have these exceptional people here tonight but I know as a working-class woman I am the exception because I'm stood here tonight I'd like to address a couple of points from the opposition number one the speaker that made the clever point about dinner and supper clearly knows nothing about being working-class because the correct term for that meal is tea and then also I'd like to address let's meet the first recur Alan sugar John Terry Wayne Rooney where are they are they working class are they middle class or the upper class these are extremely wealthy individuals but they are laughed at they are ridiculed and they are derided constantly John Terry is laughter and derided because he used his money his wealth his acquisition of wealth his talent those of you that believe in entrepreneurialism will believe that John Terry deserves every penny that he owns because he has some sort of distinct talent you will believe that but when he builds a called a sack of homes so him and all his family can live on the same street they are laughter they are ridiculed their class position remains static he's wealthy but he is working-class Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney as a distinct Talent those of you again on the right would tell me that as an entrepreneurial spirit he deserves every pound that he earns but Wayne Rooney is stupid Wayne Rooney is a gorilla Wayne Rooney is debased to the working-class man the violent the angry the stupid do not tell me that these stereotypes do not exist in Britain today because I can stand here for the rest of the evening and I can give you them constantly over and over again so we can dismiss these argument so far do we want to talk about the acquisition of wealth perhaps we do and I think we should does the acquisition so the acquisition of wealth let's talk about the facts inequality has never been wider than it is today inequality is wide so how far are the working class really becoming socially mobile how far and I think what I'd like to do is stand in solidarity with the sister that spoke earlier from Durham who was one of the very few people here that understood that the class system is a system it is a system of power it is a system of the relationships of power between people and then also I think what we need to do is the other point is we need to think about this idea of aspiration aspiration has been spoken a lot of tonight this side of the house loves it they love aspiration they love social mobility because it gets them off the hook it gets them off the hook because it moves away from the system to the individual we can show that we have movement we can show that we have a social mobility people are moving if we believe in social mobility if we believe in aspiration I believe in neither I do not want any social mobility I have been socially mobile up to here I am sick of being socially mobile I am sick of the aspiration of leaving my working-class baggage behind me my accent my family my family are not baggage they are the people that I love my community are not baggage there are the people that have cared for me when I have grown my history is not baggage it is the thing that keeps me going every day and makes me proud of Who I am which is a working class academic so therefore there is no choice but to vote for the House this evening because their class system is static social mobility is a lie meritocracy does not happen mobility means movement those of you you're all from Oxford you all have a stake in this debate or you wouldn't even be here look around you and look who's not here look at the people who are not here you are here because you have a stake in this debate you from Oxford you understand what mobility means it means movement there is no movement moving upwards does not mean is not mobility mobility is about moving in and out and up and down and until the middle class allow their stupid children to fail we will not have any mobility the flat floor so I'm going to finish now I don't need I don't need my full-time because I have the conviction of the working-class woman that can stand in front of you tonight and can tell you that it is static I met Jonathan Dimbleby the other week he thought it was a larious that he'd met a working class academic couldn't understand it how can you be working class academic he said you've got a PhD my response was working-class people can read box prairies and Tom raids the work the class war is not over the class war is raging I heard you outside I heard the voices of rocks but outside did you hear them I heard the class war and they are winning so my friends I'm going to leave tonight with there must be a class war but it must be on the work the terms of the working class we must be proud of who we are we must stand for who we are and we must fight for the inequality the undeserved inequalities that we face every day thank you you

  1. I've always felt the 'class war,' moving from working to middle, was tied to education and career aspiration. The ability to become a 'professional' through study and qualification thus financial reward seems to allow social mobility. The move from middle to upper isn't so straightforward. Blood lines and heredity, regardless of ability, seem to control entry to this exclusive club..
    PS. I think this lady had a tiiiiny bit of a chip on her shoulder. Just be educated working class then if that's what floats your boat.. But there's plenty of PhD holders happy to be professionals.

  2. Social mobility is a myth. The middle and upper classes cannot bear the idea of the plebs climbing up the ladder and joining them in their lofty positions. Also, social mobility means people can slide down the ladder, which is understandably very scary to people higher up the social scale. So they rig the system so they and their "stupid children" cannot fail. But the rigged system works in their favour and not the workers.

    When Britain accepts people from poorer backgrounds, and stops caring about their accents or how they dress, then we would have made progress

  3. I can tell you it is a division of labour and it stops you being pulled down by your own class. So she is middle class, she is confusing local dialect with class. A person can imitate this and do in every class but means nothing. So where is the division of labour? If all wealth categories are working class then we need 3 more inside working class.

  4. Should Christianity only be for the middle class?

  5. I feel like the two sides are just debating different issues. I don't feel like the opposition and proposition are on the same page. Both are making great points but to different arguments.

  6. Wayne Rooney is laughed at because he shags granny prostitutes and looks like a potato, John Terry shags his mates wife.. great examples of class.

  7. Trash talk by a commie who made a career out of fetishising working class people. There is no class mobility for her because she refuses to act in a manner that doesnt make her look like a savage.

  8. Oh Lisa what cha gunna do now that obnoxious is no longer the new black. Life w/o a pension from your made up gig is gunna suck the big one.

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