White working class boys left behind because of ‘negative impact’ of focus on ethnic minorities and women, Labour’s Angela Rayner claims

White working class boys are being left behind because of the “negative impact” of a focus on ethnic minorities and women, a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has said.

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said cultural change is needed among Britain’s white working class to encourage more young people to strive to succeed.

She told The Spectator magazine white working class boys had been left “at the bottom of the heap”.


Left behind by Labour’s own policies I suspect.

More here… The lost boys: how the white working class got left behind

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  • Tooth&Claw

    She’s right.

    • Yes she is.

    • Clausewitz

      The main reason on why I went into teaching. I got tired of the continual abuse young men were experiencing in the educational environment.

  • Millie_Woods

    Labor pandering for votes. Good strategy though, no other party has the guts to mention white men. But nothing will change.

    • I suspect not. Labour long ago abandoned the working class.

      • Yaacov ben Moshe

        Yup! and that’s exactly the same mistake the Clinton organization made in the last election. I’ve long believed that the ruling elite and the undeserving poor have made common cause against anyone who works. This woman has articulated a truth in spite of herself (and her party)- a random act of intelligence.

  • Ed

    NAH NAH NAH can’t hear you!

    The real problem with society is that women lawyers don’t get enough paid maternity leave. (And such like)

    • Watchman

      Especially 6 years of paid maternity leave to allow children a good start to life, especially if they gain seniority during that time. This is especially important for careers in the military. /sarc

  • canminuteman

    They should be careful. White working class boys are better at organized violence than any other people in the history of the world.

  • Felix_Culpa

    Good points and good article. But–article’s emphasis on doing well in school is so that more white working class boys can go to university. Certainly I would not put roadblocks in the way of anyone who wanted that, but really university is not the be-all and end-all. Nothing wrong with technologists and tradesmen. In fact, the goal of basic schooling should be for the development of the character of the individual first, and only secondarily about whatever post-secondary education they may want to do later. Ideally, schools should produce graduates who have basic literacy and numeracy, who are generally thoughtful, well-mannered, self-controlled, and diligent (all work-transferable skills, incidentally), with a general awareness and appreciation of the high points of western culture e.g. some exposure and appreciation for classical music, western art, and literature (you don’t need a whole B.A. degree for that!), as well as enough history and economics background that they can be turned loose as adults in a voting booth and expected to be sensible about it. That should be the goal for everyone! After that, your own personal inclinations will lead you to university or to trades school or whatever.