Figures showed that young white boys from poor backgrounds are at a disadvantage in schools.

Whilst much has been made of the barriers faced by minorities in inner city neighbourhoods, there has not been the same level of concern given to young white males and females for that matter.

Let's openly talk about this. Why must we begin to compare and contrast one set of young people with another?

There are some who say that being ‘white’ gives you a certain level of privilege in society but I don’t think that is the case.

What we have to address is not the colour of one’s skin but the background and the environment that person has to grow up in. What matters are the opportunities being offered to young people in this country.

If you are growing up in places where there is high unemployment and government cuts mean councils have been forced to abandon youth projects, then you are more likely to fall into this bracket.

Which brings me onto this issue of ‘white privilege’.

The fact is that ‘white’ privilege only really exists at the higher levels of society - that is where it is more apparent. And it clearly exists in the minds of those people who think that they must (to appease their followers) write or comment on specific issues in a certain way because of the colour of the subject’s skin.

A concept that actor Laurence Fox seemed to woefully misunderstand on Question Time this week.

It is also apparant as studies have suggested in the justice system where there is a bias against minorities.

Elsewhere, the fact is we are all battling the same system and going through the same issues on a daily basis.

You can’t possibly say to someone that is struggling to make ends meet and having to pay off their overdraft on a daily basis that they are in some way ‘privileged’.  That is where the argument falls flat.

It is also not wrong to have a bursary at a university that supports white students from poorer neighbourhoods. If that helps in some way then so be it.

Grouping people on the colour of their skin leaves one set thinking they are being hard done by a system that only really rewards the multi-national companies who see us all as numbers on a spreadsheet.

Any efforts to raise the aspirations of young men in schools and poorer neighbourhoods has to be welcomed. And I think most people agree when I say it does not matter who you are.