Social Mobility and the Challenge of Global Elites and Rising Inequality

Hashi Mohamed

Social Mobility and the Challenge of Global Elites and Rising Inequality

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Hashi Mohamed
Baroness Fall and Lord Boateng
Professor Roger Goodman
Visiting Parliamentary Fellows Programme

Hashi Mohamed is a barrister and broadcaster based in London.  He came to Britain aged nine, as an unaccompanied child refugee. He attended some of Britain’s worst schools and was raised exclusively on state benefits. Yet today he is a successful barrister, with a degree from St Antony’s College (MSc African Studies 2008) and a CV that includes numerous appearances on the BBC. 

Chaired by Baroness Fall and Lord Boating, this seminar of the Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship will be a conversation with Hashi on the premise that the increasingly common phenomenon of closer identification between global elites rather than with their own peoples, represents a threat to development and democracy fuelling widespread disaffection with political institutions and the rise of popularism.

Please note: Visiting Parliamentary Events are held under Chatham House Rule. As such, there will be no online option or recording. 

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Hashi Mohamed is a published author of two books; People Like Us; What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain (Profile Books, January 2020) and the forthcoming A Home of One’s Own (Profile Books, September 2022)

In ‘People Like Us: What it Takes to Make it in Modern Britain’, Hashi explores what his own experience can tell us about social mobility in Britain today. Far from showing that anything is possible, he concludes his story is far from typical: Great Britain is still riven with deep divisions that block children from deprived backgrounds from accessing the advantages that are handed to others from birth.

As a Barrister, Hashi has a busy UK domestic practice in Public & Administrative Law in No5 Chambers based in London, specialising planning & environmental law, including planning inquiries, hearings, local plan examinations, and local and central government litigation. He has been consistently listed as one of the highest rated planning barristers in England & Wales.

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Baroness Fall is a Conservative peer and served as David Cameron's Deputy Chief of Staff for six years while he was prime minister and for five years when he was leader of the opposition. Nicknamed ‘The Gatekeeper’ by the press, in 2011 she was ranked by the Evening Standard as one of the 100 most influential people in London.

Lord Boateng is a Labour peer, and currently Chair of the Archbishops’ Racial Justice Commission, Lord Boateng was appointed the UK’s first black government minister after Labour’s 1997 election victory. Subsequently he became the first Minister for Young People in 2000, eventually achieving the position of Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2002. After serving in the House of Commons, he was British High Commissioner to South Africa from 2005 to 2009 before joining the House of Lords in 2010.