By Symon Hill
Attacking working-class people in general, and the poorest in particular, has become a routine activity for many mainstream politicians and columnists in the UK – as the response to Labour MP Emily Thornberry’s ambiguous tweet shows.
The Tories and Lib Dems have slashed public services that are most needed by those who can’t afford to go private. Labour is so scared of appearing left-wing that it’s offering no meaningful alternative. The right-wing press carry lurid stories of benefit cheats, ignoring the evidence that less than one per cent of benefit claims are fraudulent. Faced with a lack of social housing and vicious private sector rents, the party leaders fail to challenge the rhetoric that blames lack of homes on immigrants.
It seems to be acceptable to attack working-class voters, destroy their services and remove their benefits. What appears to be unacceptable is to criticise working class people who may be nationalistic – or even post a tweet with a photo of aRead More »from Working class people are the victims of kneejerk prejudice