Enough to make me want to beat my head against a wall
They’re all bleedin’ well-intentionedly wrong, apart from me (and bizarrely, Tom Harris, though for totally the wrong reasons and probably without any of the good intentions).
So I will say this one more time in 2009………..
The reason the working class got called the working class is that it was the class defined by its economic role in capitalist society, and its relationship to the bourgeoisie. The working class works and is exploited (or is part of the surplus army); the bourgeoisie owns.
There’s no middle class in that.
The ‘middle class’ is a social construct, the attachment to which was reinforced under Thatcher and by the telly and the existence of Mondeo cars and posh trainers, but which isn’t any more intrinsically valuable because of that.
Until the different between economic relationships and socio-cultural identification (and self-identification) is grasped properly by the Left, we’re not going to get that far.
We’ll not get that far, whether or not the appropriate election-fighting language is adapted, though clearly it’s better that we do so in the short term, what with an election to fight quite soon.
As Sunny admits, this language-based electoral strategy may stop us losing too badly, but nothing more. To that extent, Tom Bleeding Harris is right. About everything else in the world, he is wrong.
The Left can do better. It can even do better before the election.