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Student politics: Where are all the activists? Making jokes in the bar

p26studentREXv1Gone are the days when undergraduates protested and campaigned – now they black up and don fancy dress

In Rumours, a fairly ratty bar in York that’s popular with students, a higher proportion of people than you might ordinarily expect were wearing Burberry caps last Thursday night. According to one of the more insidious stereotypes of British youth culture, their voices ought to suggest that they were brought up on council estates but this is not the case; stand next to them at the bar (cocktails are two for £6) and you’ll hear the reliably middle-class tones that are pervasive at any Russell Group university.

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