Fifi La Rue

Oxford's Class War and the Blackbird Leys Riots of the Early 90s

AN (UN)FRESHER’S GUIDE TO OXFORD’S CLASS WAR

A text on some of the history of class conflict in Oxford, concentrating on the Blackbird Leys riots of the early 90s, and written shortly afterwards.

At its very outset Oxford University was established to tie together the hegemony that would run dear old Albion for ever more. In Oxford science, religion and the aristocracy pooled their resources to deepen, mystify and finance their power. The presence of the working class in Oxford was permitted essentially only in order to facilitate all this cerebral masturbation.