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Forthcoming NCF Event

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Has the working class been demonized?

A discussion event with a panel of speakers including:

Owen Jones, author of Chavs: The demonization of the working class

Brendan O’Neill, Editor of Spiked Online

Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor, Daily Mirror

6.30pm for 7pm, Tuesday, July 5th

55 Tufton Street London SW1P 3QL

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In modern Britain it seems that the working class is an object of fear and ridicule. From Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard to the demonization of Jade Goody, media and politicians alike dismiss as feckless, criminalized and ignorant a vast, underprivileged swathe of society whose members have become stereotyped by one, hate-filled word: chavs.

Was it ever thus, or is this a new phenomenon? Are ‘chavs’ and the working class one and the same thing, or are they in fact distinct groups? Is there even a working class? And if so, is it really true that it’s the one group considered fair game for insult and criticism?

And if this demonization is something new, is it the result of the destruction wrought by Thatcherism, or is it simply that the working class doesn’t fit with the picture of a modern multicultural Britain?

We hope you can join us.

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Wed, 2011-06-08 13:12.

18th April Event: Monarchy Matters

You are invited to the launch of the SAU Publication


By Peter Whittle

On Monday 18TH April 6.30pm at 55 Tufton Street London SW1P 3QL

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2012 sees the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession. Such an important historical event will certainly be celebrated with the enthusiasm which greeted her Silver and Golden Jubilees – an enthusiasm which on those occasions took much of the country by surprise. Elizabeth II is now an institution in herself – widely respected, and held in great affection. It could be the biggest Jubilee yet.

But what about the monarchy itself? In this robust defense of the institution, Peter Whittle, the writer, broadcaster and director of the New Culture Forum looks at the continuing advantages of the monarchical system, and explores its current state of health. He describes its unique ability to act as a binding force in an increasingly fragmented society – a function which will surely grow in importance in the coming years. He explores the extent of public support for the institution, which, contrary to received wisdom, remains remarkably stable and unchanging despite what has become a largely antipathetic cultural atmosphere. He argues that Bagehot’s maxim that the monarchy couldn’t survive if ‘daylight’ were let in on ‘magic’ has proved false, and that its survival after a period of unprecedented crises and media scrutiny is testament to its strength. He describes the ongoing benefits of a monarch as an impartial, non-political Head of State, at a time when the institution has been buffeted by a cultural onslaught from the left on one side and the impatience of free-marketeers on the other. He looks at the future, and the safety of a throne occupied by Charles III or a William V.

Finally he makes some suggestions as to how the upcoming Diamond Jubilee might be celebrated – and why it offers a great opportunity for an increasingly atomized society to come together.

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Fri, 2011-03-25 15:06.

Katharine Birbalsingh

Katharine Birbalsingh, who is the NCF's guest speaker this week - details are below if you'd like to attend - has been much in the press this weekend.

She was on the front page of the Sunday Times, with a major article also leading the News Review section.

And she has been interviewed by the Guardian's Decca Aitkenhead I Spoke at Tory conference so I must be evil :

"I'm not meant to speak the way I do, cos I'm black and comprehensive-educated and have dedicated my life to working in the inner city, working 70 hours a week for the poor trying to bring about a better life for them. What people expect someone like me to be saying is what the state sector needs is more money, what we need to do is close down the private sector. But that is absurd. I don't believe that."

Katharine will be speaking at the NCF this Wednesday, 23rd February, at 7pm, at 55 Tufton Street London SW1P 3QL

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Submitted by peterwhittle on Mon, 2011-02-21 12:18.

Katharine Birbalsingh at the NCF

The most memorable speech made at last year's Conservative Party Conference came not from a politician but from Katharine Birbalsingh.

Katharine is an inner-city teacher who drew on her own experiences to describe how left-wing ideology was strangling the state education system and betraying pupils. Her speech caused a sensation. She was hailed as the teacher who dared to tell the unpalatable truths about our schools. 

Since then, she has become a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, has written for Standpoint magazine, and has a new book coming out, called To Miss With Love, in March.

The NCF is delighted that Katharine has agreed to address us. She will be our guest on Wednesday 23rd February, at 6.30pm for 7pm, at 55 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QL.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to prwhittle@btinternet.com

There will be a Q&A session after her speech. It will be a fascinating and important talk. We hope you can join us.  

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