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In the shadow of Enoch Powell: Race, locality and resistance

Over half a century ago, Enoch Powell made national headlines with his ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, warning of an immigrant invasion in Wolverhampton. Shirin Hirsch’s book bring a rich local history focus to a key moment in British history; Saffron East reviews.

The Crisis of the Meritocracy

Before the Second World War, only about 20% of the population went to secondary school and barely 2% to university; today everyone goes to secondary school and half of all young people go to university. How did we get here from there? David Civil reviews a work that positions ‘education at the interface between the citizen and the post-war state’, exploring and questioning tension between meritocracy and democracy.