A photo of a street in Loughborough, taken from the town’s Carillon tower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is a thoughtful article from the FT. It’s recommended reading. Check it out!
via The working classes deserve respect – FT.com.
Whilst I go along with the thrust of the article, I see matters somewhat differently.
I think that the media and the politicians have deliberately pandered towards minorities, like gays and racial minorities. Meanwhile, the challenges of the working class have been misunderstood by governments, who have insisted on “we know best policies”. Traditional supporters of the working classes on the left of the political spectrum, have allowed themselves to be hijacked by the hard-left and their misguided agenda. The hard-left are not interested in evidence-based policies; it’s about distorted views of reality and dysinformation; and, most importantly, they too have been hijacked by radical groups, like political-Islam.
The traditional working classes have an enormous history of achievement and struggle against the odds to achieve upward mobility. These days the odds are stacked against them. Society focuses on the privileged and wealthy, plus the minorities. Working class jobs have disappeared with advancing technology, off-shoring and globalization. But the working classes have let themselves grow weak on too much junk-food and alcohol, with too little exercise. The working classes need to help themselves, with a healthy dose of realism. From this reality check, they must claw their way back up society and demand their heritage. In the end, respect must be earned, not demanded.