In saying all that however, some Tories do use class as a weapon. One suspects, indeed hopes, they are in the minority and many of them seem to be among the younger echelons, but tell me how many members of the Bullingdon Club or the Countryside Alliance (not a campaign group noted for it's consideration towards those who disagree with them) have joined the Labour Party or the Liberal Democrats? I accept that many Conservatives feel hurt at jibes on class and many such insults are unfair, but it would help if they should the same outrage towards the more arrogant members of their Party
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Political Class Wars
On one level David Cameron is absolutely and totally right. No one's background should matter, no ones political credentials should be slammed because they went to a public school and came from a wealthy family. That is wrong and abhorrent. I didn't join the Labour Party so as to pick on people and penalise people from coming from a certain social class and neither did a no of other Labour activists. Many of us joined because we care for the vulnerable and socially defenceless in our society, no matter who they are and where they come from. Many of my own age joined because we were unimpressed by the downside of Thatcherism and felt it was inexcusable to fob off the result of three million unemployed as "a price worth paying" or to declare that "there is no such thing as society"