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England’s care system is failing children. This new overhaul is based on a middle-class fantasy

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Like a protective sibling, I am the first to both criticise and defend the care system. It failed and saved me in equal measure. In adult life, I returned to it as a social worker. I know its flaws and its potential t...

Is it fair that we spend so much helping middle-class children into adulthood?

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There’s a common assumption that when the state gets involved in providing services or investment, it’s to act as a leveller. Whether it’s schools, hospitals or libraries, the job of government is to redistribute oppo...

Middle-class Britons more likely to be biased about Islam, finds survey

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The middle and upper classes are more likely to hold prejudiced views about Islam than working-class groups, according to a survey from the University of Birmingham. In one of the most detailed surveys conducted on Is...

Do university applications favour middle-class kids? Yes – because their parents write them

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It wasn’t until my elder daughter applied for university that I became aware of personal statements – 4,000 words with which the applicant can persuade the seat of learning that they are made of the right stuff. I sou...

The Answer to Everything by Luke Kennard review – a very middle-class affair

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In Luke Kennard’s second novel, The Answer to Everything, the details of his fictional world begin to clarify. Kennard’s first novel, The Transition, coalesced around the slow reveal of a portrait of mental illness un...