From the Observer
As exhausted Labour ministers embraced opposition with an emotion close to relief, the party’s equally exhausted staff assumed they could relax. Instead of being allowed to recuperate, however, they were overwhelmed by thousands of angry men and women clamouring to join. The sight of Nick Clegg and David Cameron joshing in the grounds of Downing Street had rammed home a truth about Britain that all the talk of “inclusion” and “diversity” obscures. We live in the most class-ridden society in western Europe, and it is becoming more sclerotic and more hierarchical by the year.
Despite the admirable attempts to combat sexism, racism and homophobia, the life-defining issue for children is not their skin colour, gender or sexuality, still less their intrinsic talent, but how much their parents are prepared to spend on their education, and what friendships they can exploit and contacts they can manipulate on their little darlings’ behalf thereafter.
Look at our new government. Satirists caricature Liberals – and I think we can now stop calling them “Liberal Democrats” as their alliance with the right has sundered their links with the social democratic tradition – as muesli-munching, Observer-reading, real-ale-drinking members of the progressive middle class. The events of last week have smashed that caricature into 1,000 pieces.
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