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Kevin Maguire
The Mirror and New Statesman

Kevin Maguire

Kevin Maguire is a well known political commentator and now sits on the National Advisory Panel of CLASS. Currently Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror, he also writes a regular column for New Statesman.

Kevin was previously Chief Reporter on The Guardian and Labour Correspondent on the Daily Telegraph and also co-authored Great Parliamentary Scandals: Five Centuries of Calumny, Smear and Innuendo.

Kevin Maguire on Class

Class is the big issue most politicians and public figures fell over backwards to avoid discussing for decades when it determines how we live and ultimately when we die. Gender, race, disability and sexuality were debated but class was dismissed as an old, outdated question when it is as relevant as ever.

Those of us who pointed out the correlation between occupations and education, health and ultimately life expectancy - a resident of wealthy Kensington and Chelsea will survive to claim a pension 13 years longer than a man from an impoverished part of Glasgow - were dismissed as dinosaurs in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.

The grotesque inequality championed by David Cameron's Conservative toffocracy has seen the scales fall from the eyes of even a New Labour clique blinded by a supposed meritocracy which is a myth. If life is a marathon, too many people start 26 miles back with concrete shoes while others begin in the latest trainers only a few hundred yards from the finishing line.

Class isn't principally about whether you eat lunch or dinner at mid-day or the house has a toilet or lavatory. It's much more important than that. The conspiracy of silence is broken and the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, launched by the trade union movement, will ask the real Class questions to produce answers needed to formulate policies based on fairness and social justice, giving everybody a good chance in life.