Hashi Mohamed What does it take? Ask a politician, and they’ll tell you it’s hard work. Ask a millionaire, and they’ll tell you it’s talent. Ask a CEO and they’ll tell you it’s dedication. But what if none of those things is enough? The UK is a society where the single greatest indicator of what your job will be is the job of your parents and where power and privilege are concentrated among the 7 per cent of the population who were privately educated, if your name sounds black or Asian, you’ll need to send out twice as many job applications as your white neighbour. Raised on benefits, barrister Hashi Mohamed knows something about social mobility. And here, in People Like Us, he shares what he has learned: from the stark statistics that reveal the depth of the problem to the failures of imagination, education and confidence that compound it. Wherever you are on the social spectrum, this is an essential investigation into our society’s most intractable problem. We have more power than we realise to change things for the better. Chaired by Gerry Foley Tickets for this event are no longer available. We would like to reassure you that Hexham Book Festival events will be delivered with your safety in mind, and in full accordance with Government guidelines available at the time.