Great piece by Paul Mason on the achievement of poor white kids in school and the destruction of culture. Guess what? Kids live in the world and so do schools. Kids, just like adults are formed by, and help to form culture; and working class culture has taken a pummeling. Jack Common expresses a beautiful working class narrative of solidarity, optimism and hope. He draws attention to the contradictions too. Contradictions he understood and did not belittle. He did not follow in the path of many of his peers, but he didn't rubbish those who remained. Kiddar's Luck is a celebration of life under tremendous strain. In the words of Paul Mason 'We need to find a form of economics that - without nostalgia of racism - allows the working population to define, once again, its own values, its own aspirations, its own story. '
*Crikey! Just realised I had missed out the word 'didn't' on the fourth line up - changes the whole meaning. My apologies - proof reading ain't what it should be.