Tag Archives: BBC

Daily Headline – 03/04/13

Class rethink

Class StruggleWhen we think of class we tend to categorise it into the following groups:

Working Class
Middle Class
Upper Class

Or possibly:

Working Class
Lower Middle Class
Upper Middle Class
Upper Class

Marx would define these groups by people’s relationship to the means of production and labour power, for example:

Working Class (proletariat) – Worker
Middle Class (petit-bourgeoisie) – Small business owner, cannot employ anyone
Upper Class (bourgeoisie) – Business owners who employ others

For some time now there have been people saying that this classification is too outdated and no longer has relevance in the 21st century.

A new survey in the UK (the largest study of class in the UK) has created a new system involving 7 classes:

Elite – the most privileged group in the UK, distinct from the other six classes through its wealth. This group has the highest levels of all three capitals

Established middle class – the second wealthiest, scoring highly on all three capitals. The largest and most gregarious group, scoring second highest for cultural capital

Technical middle class – a small, distinctive new class group which is prosperous but scores low for social and cultural capital. Distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy

New affluent workers – a young class group which is socially and culturally active, with middling levels of economic capital

Traditional working class – scores low on all forms of capital, but is not completely deprived. Its members have reasonably high house values, explained by this group having the oldest average age at 66

Emergent service workers – a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital

Precariat, or precarious proletariat – the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital

There is a test you can take to see what class you are under the newly defined criteria, click here.

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Daily Headline – 25/03/13

Boris Johnson; “You’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?”

Boris Johnson SCUMConservative mayor of London has had a disastrous 15 minute interview on the BBC with Eddie Mair.

The full interview can be found here.
A 3 minute version can be found here.

There were three main talking points:

1) Does Boris want to become Prime Minister?

2) Why did Boris make up a quote while working for the Times newspaper?

3) When a friend said he wanted to beat up a journalist, why did Boris say he would give him their address?

In typical bumbling Boris style he failed to answer the questions leading Eddie Mair to say:  “You’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?” which Boris also didn’t deny.

Verdict: Boris; typical tory scum

Daily Headline – 18/02/13

BBC journalists strike

BBC Strike logoBBC journalists have gone on a 24 strike in an attempt to save 30 jobs from compulsory redundancy.

Most of the 2,000 redundancies are expected to be as a result of natural wastage and a freeze on recruitment, but the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said 30 compulsory redundancies were being disputed.

The walkout started at midnight and will last for the whole of Monday.

‘Cost saving plans’ continue to cause job losses as workers either lose their jobs or face pay freezes.

We need investment, not cuts!

Is the BBC obsessed with the US?

By Leon J Williams

For those who aren’t aware (if that’s possible) the BBC is a British media company with an international presence.
BBC News (that’s bbc.co.uk) has news from all round the world, in theory there is a leaning towards UK news as it’s a British company.

BBC News today has 27 main news articles on its front page here’s how they break down:

China – 1 direct & 1 indirect
Russia – 1 direct
Australia – 1 direct
India – 1 direct
Egypt – 1 direct
Japan – 2 direct
Africa – 2 direct
UK – 7 direct
USA – 11 direct and 2 indirect

So out of the 27 articles the most mentioned country was the USA with 11 directly involved articles and a further 2 articles indirectly about the US.
7 out of 10 articles relate to the US.

7 out of 10 articles relate to the US.

As a comparison the Guardian today has 20 main articles and here’s how they breakdown:

UK – 11
India – 2
USA – 2
China – 1
Syria – 1
EU – 1
Italy – 1
Pakistan – 1

At first I thought it was in general that the UK media was obsessed with the US but as it has been highlighted it’s more of the BBC’s own obsession.

Workers burn boss to death

By Leon J Williams

The BBC has reported on an incident in the Indian state of Assam.

First, the story

Tea workers in India set fire to the owners home in which the owner ad his wife burnt to death following a dispute between the workers and the owner.

Interesting part

The article states this as fact however when it refers to a previous incident in which the owner fired on a crowd of workers it uses the term ‘allegedly’.
Typical, when workers do something it’s always bad but when a boss or owner does something it’s like ‘well I’m sure he had a good reason for doing that’ like it’s some fucking conspiracy against the boss.

For the full BBC story click here.