(things get a little political)
I want to live in London. It’s my dream, but when I tell anyone this, they tell me that London is too expensive and that I will never afford it. Since when can you predict the future?
As a ‘young working class girl’, living in Northern England, I’m sort of expected to stay put amongst the crumbling decay of a once thriving industrial town destroyed by Thatcherism. I’m not ashamed of where I come from, I never have been, but there seems to be a divide between the rich, born in upper class cities and the poor who must stay where they belong.
I think it’s ridiculous that some are put at such a finical disadvantage, because of the Eton-Educated idiots that run this country, that laugh when one tries to drag themselves out of their mess. I’m not saying the working class should become middle class, or that it’s shameful to be so. I’m saying it’s unfair how there is such a striking difference in opportunity and when a working class girl says she want to live in London it’s laughed at, because I will ‘never be able to afford.’
How are things going to change if we promote attitudes like this? Society becomes so comfortable within it’s own hierarchy that it becomes too lazy to challenge it. The privileged stay privileged and the poor remain poor. Yes, the rich can become richer, but the poor can only get poorer. Ideas like this create lack of aspiration within young people – isn’t the whole point of capitalism that it inspires people to succeed? This is impossible, when people’s aspirations are battered down because of financial dispositions, that the government itself creates.
I don’t need a privileged education or ‘business contacts’ to get where I want be in life. So stop telling kids what they can and can’t do because of their class. Don’t limit dreams because of finances, your imagination knows no currency, everyone should have equal opportunity and the right to pursue their aspirations.
Thank you so much for reading,
*when talking about poverty, I’m not referring to myself, but the extreme working class. I’m using my experience to discuss ideas such as poverty, which I see everyday.