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Psychology, Society

The Underclass and The Cultural Inequality of Society

What you looking at bitch? Little Britain pokes fun at the class system in the UK.

Ladies and Gentleman, let us take a moment and become acquainted with The Underclass. Oh too late, we already have, currently in our cities across Britain.

Who are these people trashing our cities and why?

It really was only a matter of time. This tribe of people have been growing and left to fester unchecked for years in the UK.

A social beast has been created out of an idealistic and fundamentally ‘positive and progressive’ social policy developed by the Labour government to ensure everyone has a home, everyone can buy food, everyone can warm their homes, everyone can dress their kids.

Let’s not be too critical, It was a fantastic idea and forward thinking. Let’s ensure everyone in our society is looked after. Brilliant! However, it has been managed poorly, it has been abused and the result is a new sub class of people. A breed of people who make a living out of playing the system. Generations of families who have actively chosen never to work. There is no need to work as the government will provide everything. Hey presto – this is too easy!

Ok, but let’s consider why our young people are trashing the communities who have sustained them, fed them and clothed them day in day out?

Some people believe the current social unrest is due to economic inequality. I would have to disagree with this idea. To me, this current unrest looks to be due to cultural inequality. The people who are destroying their own communities have a poverty of aspirations. They have a poverty of values. They have a poverty of morals. They have no obligations. No responsibility towards their people, their city, their life. They have a huge belief that they are entitled to freebies. They have a huge belief that society owes them big time. There is also very little connection with their community as they have often not contributed to the neighbourhood in a positive way therefore it is easy to trash a place that has no meaning to you. Overall, there is little pride, little respect for themselves and for other people. Bring all that together and you can see we have a recipe for major social problems that have been simmering away for some generations now. It was only a matter of time before the lid came flying off the pan and towards us at frightening speed.

There is economic inequality in Britain, we cannot deny this. There are grave variations in the quality of education. There are major variations in the opportunities for young people. But if you compare our opportunities to most over countries in the world today, you’ll quickly see that in the UK young people actually do have a chance to break out of poverty. The issue is – it is difficult to do so when you currently live in the shadows of life. It is actually easier in many respects to just keep taking the payments. 

It takes a very strong young person to stand up and say, ‘my parents, my aunts, my uncles, my cousins have never worked a day in their life and never will. But you know what, I will. I am going to break the cycle of poverty in my family and get myself a job. Even if it is poorly paid. It is a start. I am too proud to opt for this life style. I choose to be a part of this society and not an outsider. I opt to be a human who gives back, I choose not to be someone who takes’.

So what on earth can we do about this social issue? How do we encourage people to feel pride again, to respect themselves and to respect their nation? What is a positive solution to this cultural inequality? How do we ensure young people grow up with values, with aspirations, with hope? How do we feed people the good news and allow them the chance to reap some of the rewards and opportunities that are actually available?

There are no easy answers. It possibly starts with personal responsibility. But to even begin to grow this positive notion into the minds of a growing sub culture is a mighty task indeed. We would have years of negative, hopeless thoughts to break through first. Possibly the government will need to lay down some new rules and of course take on much of the responsibility for what has been allowed to happen. Once the government can acknowledge the issue fully and learn from their mistakes, then perhaps they can lead people forward in a more productive way.

Personally, I believe that no one should obtain payments unless they are willing to volunteer for a charity or their local community and give something positive back to their society. Obviously people who are truly unable to work are exempt and these people deserve our full support. But for the majority of people on benefits – to get, you must give back. Perhaps over time, the giving back policy could have a positive effect and encourage empathy towards other people. Is it possible to kill frustration, hopelessness and bitterness with love and compassion? Well quite frankly, anything is worth a go. It is time to look for positive solutions. These people already live in their own personal prison.


About Alana Munro

Writer. Mama to three, wife to one. Red wine consumer.


3 thoughts on “The Underclass and The Cultural Inequality of Society

  1. Oh, girl, I wish I had more time right now but am in the midst of moving. I had to sneak onto the internet because I’m supposed to be boxing stuff right now! I will, however, save this piece because I definitely have something to say about it. BTW, being from the U.S., I can just exchange “Britain” for “United States” and all things still apply! paralaxvu.wordpress.com

    Posted by paralaxvu | August 17, 2011, 5:44 am

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