THE CLASS CEILING

I’m sure you will be tuning in to “Class Ceiling”…it’s on Radio 4 @ 9am.


“Polly Toynbee explores the ever-more-pressing question of how possible it is to move up through British society. Who gets to break the ‘class ceiling’?”

They DO love Polly, don’t they and who better to cover this “ever pressing” issue in an impartial and considered manner? Our money, spent wisely.
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17 Responses to THE CLASS CEILING

  1. Jeremy Clarke says:

    “Polly Toynbee explores the ever-more-pressing question of how possible it is to move up through British society. Who gets to break the ‘class ceiling’?”

    A Polly Toynbee programme on Radio 4’s 9am Slot of Doom? Fab.

    It’s a bit like a new Oasis record – you pretty well know what it will sound like without having to listen to it.

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  2. Reed says:

    Presumably they’ll be examining how the previous two Conservative Prime Ministers rose from fairly ordinary beginings while the two former Labour ones were from comparatively more ‘privileged’ backgrounds. Probably not. 
     
    It’s curious how the issue of class and ‘social mobility’ is suddenly a hot topic now that we have a fairly ‘posh’ Prime Minister who also happens to be a Conservative. There were, of course, no issues of this kind under the ‘progressive’ New Labour administration. Only in the last year or so has the UK become an opportunity free nation for the less well off. 
     
    We need Dianne Abbott to explain to us how New Labour, with it’s doctrine of inclusivity, created equal opportunity for all and that the Tory values of exclusivity, especially in education, have held back generations of young people from less advantaged backgrounds. This being most notable in the divisively selective Grammar schools, which created a two tier system and unfairly condemned many to a second class education. Far better to have equality : a second class education for all, preventing the social mobility that some might attain at the expense of others. Pull that ladder up – it’s the only fair solution. 
     
    BBC – Broadcasting Bollox Continually.

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    • Martin says:

      Dianne Abbott can also lecture us on why the Comprehensive education system is so good she sent her kid to a private school. Oh as did fat Polly.

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    • jarwill101 says:

      Polly put the kettle on. We’ll all have culturally Marxist-sourced tea. Alas, for Polly, this brew is making more & more of us spew.

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  3. James Jingleballix says:

    The BBC……..one long gravy train for Polyy Toynbee.

    Love to know how much she gets per annum from the licence-payer.

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  4. David Holland says:

    Surely Polly Toynbee is the perfect person to talk about how being upper class gets you advantages?  After all without nepotism she would have never got to Uni etc.
    “After attending Badminton School, a girls’ independent school in Bristol, followed by the Holland Park School, a state comprehensive school in London (she had failed the Eleven Plus examination), she won a scholarship to read history at St Anne’s College, Oxford, despite gaining only one A-level”
    Could a working class person have got to Oxford with one A level?
    She also despite failing at Uni got a job at her Dad’s newspaper – the Observer.

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    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      ROBERT BROWN; She certainly failed at University, because she wasn’t good enough. She was probably ‘asked’ to leave . Irony and hypocrisy are strangers to her. She, like YABrown have nothing constructive to offer society, both are miserable, uptight moaners who delight in running down the country, and the white British population.

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  5. Jeremy Clarke says:

    Yep, Holland Park School – Toynbee’s alma mater – is a ‘bog-standard comp’ in the same way that Harrods is a cornershop.

    The irony of Polly presenting a programme on class will not have escaped the notice of a few of her less admiring readers. If she had been born Smith rather than Toynbee, I rather doubt she would have got very far.

    But she has always lacked self-awareness; hypocrisy does not exist in Polly’s lexicon.

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    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      As a recent, if not lamented, ex-Home sec is anything to go on, the moniker Smith does not, in itself, mitigate against anything. Especially around Aunty’s nether regions, where the old girls’ club is in full swing. Some women, too.

      However, being a ‘laydee’ of a certain age, with all the right (well… left) opinions in a row, does seem to boost the chance of a tick from the commissioning department.

      Just as well, as one rather doubts the casting couch route would be in the frame for these harridans.

      What seems odd is how the Graun regulars, who seem a pretty sharp lot on the whole, have not had Pol potted out ages ago from being about as raging a hypocrite and cause underminer as one could imagine.

      Outside the hive, anything she touches is so loaded with baggage as to be parody from the outset.

      That the market rates seem oblivious to this is funny, but ultimately a frustratingly expensive additional nail in the BBC’s coffin.

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  6. As I See It says:

    Its perfectly obvious that the issue of social mobilty turns on the nation’s educational set up. So do tell us Polly who was it that designed and built our present state education system? Was it not the teaching unions, Labour politians (or should I say ‘Pollytians’) and left leaning ‘education experts’?

    This is not about enabling a small number of the working class to elevate themselves by education. That is what selective entry Grammar schools used to do.

    This is about a Marxist ideologue rabble-raising to attack the Tory party in order get her friends of the leftist elite back into power. And don’t the BBC love it!

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    • jarwill101 says:

      Spot on, As I See It. Will Toynbeeboid give Baroness Williams the third degree? Will she set up the seance table & call up the late, unlamented Anthony Crosland to ask him why he wanted to ‘destroy every bloody grammar school in England & Wales’? Will she ponder the fact that well-heeled New Labourites move heaven & earth to get their offspring into ‘comprehensives’ like Camden School for Girls. I can smell the reek of hypocrisy hours before the broadcast. Toynbee, like Ed Miiband, is another product of the Socialist elite’s leg-up policy for their young drips.What a wankerina.

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  7. Animal says:

    I heard the start of the trailer and switched off the radio before it had finished.

    BBC + Toynbee + class issues – doesn’t that just encapsulate so much about the left-wing wankers that infest so much public discourse on this once-great broadcasting institution?  

    Can’t you just guess how stale, tired and formulaic the programme will be?   And couldn’t you, with long experience of the BBC and with minimal effort, write the script for it? 

    Absolutely no-one I speak to gives a rat’s arse about this issue.  

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  8. Joe Geary says:

    Well, the topic is a worthwhile one – makes a change from gender and race.

    But Polly (née Mary Louisa) Toynbee from the posher-than-posh Toynbee family?
    Who miraculously got into Oxford with 1 A level, and then dropped out without a degree?

    B*ggers belief.

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  9. matthew rowe says:

    Well what ever the rights and wrong in this debate I should think the mindless waffling of a fat rich  over privileged and indulged self opinionated   waster who blew her education and had to rely on daddy to get her out of the hole she put her self in , a true leftbatter  who loves the underprivaliged  but only as long as they know their place! but would phone the police if a poor person even looked at her funny !
    won’t help at all !

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  10. Gerald says:

    IMPORTANT NOTE – ITS NOT ON TODAY! TOMORROW I BELIEVE

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  11. Gerald says:

    THAT’S THURSDAY! AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE IT’S THE FIRST OF A TWO PARTER!

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