- Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:05 am
It's summed up in the attitude of the Liz Jones style columnist who wants personal service in shops, down to a nice natter about the weather, but can't stand it when she's held up by someone else getting the same.
It's summed up by the existence of Sky TV, where all you buy is exclusivity, the chance to see something a little before the next guy.
The free market isn't a bad thing - it encourages innovation and forces people and companies to keep relevant. But the obsession with seeing everything in terms of cost and potential profit has done much to undermine the societal cohesion that seems to underpin much of the nostalgia. It's evolved into a society where your ability to pay* determines what you get, and the value of anything isn't seen in qualitative terms but purely quantitative ones - how much money, what are the ratings?
*Ability to pay, not actual payment. As Withnail said about Uncle Monty's cottage, "Free to those who can afford it, very expensive to those who can't".
As regards Rafael, probably the gays, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jews or any of the other 'good immigrants'.
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.