Transcription: The Class System is Static | Lisa McKenzie | Part 5 of 6 - YouTube

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I now look to dr.

Lisa Mackenzie to close the case for the proposition well.
Thank you Oxford Union, for inviting this working-class woman from a mining community from a striking miner.
My father was a first strike, a miner.

My grandfather was a miner.
My great-grandfather was a miner and I worked in a factory making tights for the first nine years when I left school without any education in 1984 during the miners strike.
So you might think that that gives me the argument for this side of the house, but actually what I want to do is to tell you now that there is no slippage of class class is static, it is where it always has been.

It is the center of power in British society, everyone in this room tonight, wherever I speak, I speak a lot about class because I am the working class representative.
I am the academic that they need to invite because there are very few of us.
So I am saying to you now the you we might have these exceptional people here tonight, but I know as a working-class woman, I am the exception because I'm stood here tonight.

I'd like to address a couple of points from the opposition number one, the speaker that made the clever point about dinner and supper clearly knows nothing about being working-class, because the correct term for that meal is tea and then also I'd like to address.
Let's meet the first recur Alan sugar, John Terry Wayne Rooney, where are they? Are they working class? Are they middle class or the upper class? These are extremely wealthy individuals, but they are laughed at.
They are ridiculed and they are derided constantly.

John Terry is laughter and derided because he used his money, his wealth, his acquisition of wealth, his talent, those of you that believe in entrepreneurialism will believe that John Terry deserves every penny that he owns, because he has some sort of distinct talent.
You will believe that, but when he builds a called a sack of homes, so him and all his family can live on the same street.
They are laughter, they are ridiculed, their class position remains static, he's wealthy, but he is working-class Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney as a distinct Talent.

Those of you again on the right would tell me that as an entrepreneurial spirit, he deserves every pound that he earns, but Wayne Rooney is stupid.
Wayne Rooney is a gorilla Wayne.
Rooney is debased to the working-class man, the violent, the angry the stupid.

Do not tell me that these stereotypes do not exist in Britain today, because I can stand here for the rest of the evening and I can give you them constantly over and over again, so we can dismiss these argument so far.
Do we want to talk about the acquisition of wealth? Perhaps we do and I think we should does the acquisition so the acquisition of wealth? Let's talk about the facts, inequality has never been wider than it is today.

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Inequality is wide.

So how far are the working class really becoming socially mobile? How far - and I think what I'd like to do is stand in solidarity with the sister that spoke earlier from Durham, who was one of the very few people here that understood that the class system is a system.
It is a system of power.
It is a system of the relationships of power between people and then also, I think what we need to do is the other point is we need to think about.

This idea of aspiration aspiration has been spoken a lot of tonight.
This side of the house loves it.
They love aspiration, they love social mobility because it gets them off the hook.

It gets them off the hook because it moves away from the system to the individual.
We can show that we have movement.
We can show that we have a social mobility.

People are moving if we believe in social mobility.
If we believe in aspiration, I believe in neither I do not want any social mobility.
I have been socially mobile up to here.

I am sick of being socially mobile.

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I am sick of the aspiration of leaving my working-class baggage behind me, my accent, my family.
My family are not baggage, they are the people that I love.

My community are not baggage.
There are the people that have cared for me when I have grown.
My history is not baggage, it is the thing that keeps me going every day and makes me proud of Who I am, which is a working class academic.

So, therefore, there is no choice but to vote for the House this evening, because their class system is static.
Social mobility is a lie, meritocracy does not happen.
Mobility means movement, those of you you're all from Oxford.

You all have a stake in this debate or you wouldn't even be here.
Look around you and look who's.
Not here.

Look at the people who are not here.
You are here because you have a stake in this debate.
You from Oxford.

You understand what mobility means.
It means movement, there is no movement, moving upwards does not mean is not mobility.

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Mobility is about moving in and out and up and down and until the middle class allow their stupid children to fail.

We will not have any mobility the flat floor, so I'm going to finish now I don't need.
I don't need my full-time, because I have the conviction of the working-class woman that can stand in front of you tonight and can tell you that it is static.
I met Jonathan Dimbleby the other week.

He thought it was a larious that he'd met a working class.
Academic couldn't understand it, how can you be working class academic? He said you've got a PhD.
My response was working-class.

People can read box prairies and Tom raids.
The work the class war is not over.
The class war is raging.

I heard you outside.
I heard the voices of rocks, but outside did you hear them? I heard the class war and they are winning.
So my friends I'm going to leave tonight with there must be a class war, but it must be on the work, the terms of the working class.

We must be proud of who we are, we must stand for who we are and we must fight for the inequality, the undeserved inequalities that we face every day.
Thank you.
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