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    Class Has Replaced Race As the Main Cause of Discrimination in Britain, Claims Labour

    By James Slack

    Poor white families have been left ' struggling' in a Britain where social class is now as likely to cause disadvantage as a person's race, a Cabinet minister admitted yesterday.

    Communities Secretary John Denham said that after a decade of Labour polices designed to tackle racism, the country had changed 'immeasurably for the better'.

    But, in a reflection of Government fears over the electoral popularity of the BNP, he conceded some members of the white working class had not managed to keep up.

    Mr Denham promised that, as a result of the new Equalities Bill, help would in future be targeted at all groups at risk of disadvantage, regardless of race.

    'It is no longer enough to make simple judgments or assumptions which equate race with disadvantage,' he said.

    'That would overlook, for example, the striking achievements of Indian and Chinese students - but it would also overlook the fact that white working class boys are struggling to keep up.'

    'We need to appreciate and understand the ways in which race interacts with other social factors - especially class - to influence and shape people's lives.

    'So rather than reducing our efforts to tackle racism, we have got to be more nuanced in what we are doing.'

    The Department for Communities has dedicated £12million to social problems in 130 predominantly white working-class areas. The move is considered an attempt by Labour to counter the rise of the BNP.

    Mr Denham's focus on working-class white males is at odds with the strategy pursued by Harriet Harman in recent years of deliberately targeting Government help at women and ethnic minority groups.

    Opposition MPs say that ministers - fearful of an electoral backlash - are attempting to subtly reposition themselves as once again standing up for less well-off white men.

    Mr Denham has acknowledged that the far-right has made gains in areas where people don't believe their grievances have been dealt with.

    The Tories say the Government 'fundamentally misunderstood' the complex issue of poverty and social mobility and targeted its policies in the wrong places.

    They add that Mr Denham's remarks amounted to an admission of failure.

    Communities spokesman Caroline Spelman said: 'While Gordon Brown has played class warfare politics, social mobility has gone backwards.

    'In the past decade the Government has framed its rhetoric on social inequality around marginalised groups and now appears to be repositioning itself when it sees that approach has failed.

    'The Conservatives will support aspiration so that people from every background have the chance to get on in life'.

    Evidence has been mounting that white working class youngsters are losing out to those from other ethnicities and backgrounds, according to a study for the Centre for Policy Studies.

    Only 16 per cent of white boys entitled to free school meals - the standard measure of deprivation - reached the expected standard of five A to C grades including English and maths.

    This was well below the national average for all pupils of 48 per cent.
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    Thanks to the labour party racism is skyrocketing, if there was no mass-immigration then there was absolutely zero racism, no racism against the natives, no racism against immigrants and no racism between different immigrant groups, remember, the epidemic of killings in London is very much based on race, immigrants attacking natives and different immigrant groups attacking each other.

    Also all these positive discrimination laws are based on racism, laws supported by the labour party.

    The labour party is racist against the natives of England and is just like the stereotypical right winged party portrait by the left winged world in the 60’s, only this right winged party who has the nerves to call themselves the labour party is against the natives and follows America like a lapdog into a illegal war in the Middle East.

    The labour party has all the elements of a stereotypical extreme right winged party, but no one is saying this.

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    I thought these idiots only ever got voted in because they where supposed to be against class discrimination. Not because people love immigrants.

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    Oh, nice Labour got it now...

    They made up the racial discrimination and anti-white laws in Britain, they made up an even more asocial society with their Neoliberal policy and now they want to use that as a slogan?

    How dumb must people be if they take that serious anymore. They didnt do anything for the white lower and middle class in Britain so far I know.
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    Class was invented by Jews as a method of taking attention away from immigrants and allow progression in society of settling Jews. The revolutions of France, Britain and Russia were Jewish financed and initiated. Classifying society by wealth instead of race (as monarchy does), conveniently places Jews in the upper reaches of the social ladder. The white working class would never devise a method of classifying society which placed themselves at the bottom and wealthy immigrants above.

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    Not true. The aristocracy dates back at least to Sumeria and Egypt but was part of all recent European cultures. The upper class was somewhat different racially from the commoners, though occasionally a person of merit could be "knighted" and brought into the noble class. The concept of "high born" of noble blood and such has been around for a long time. In Eastern Europe, France, even Spain and England for example the ruling class was often mainly Germanic with the commoners being the Celts, Slavs or other natives. In rome the Patricians (the founders of roman culture) along with some minor etruscan influence were the rulers and by law could not interbreed with the plebs (the lower classes). We see this in classical Greece and everywhere.

    Though in the past class had less to do with wealth and more or less was the social station you were born into. If you were born a commoner you typically were a farmer, maybe someone with a skill. You had some similarity to the ruling class. And so on.

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