Andy McDandy wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:53 pm
It's just a new way of saying "clever London people", isnt it?
To be fair, I do agree that the opinion makers in the media are overwhelmingly white, comfortable and southern. I agree that working class people in particular are under-represented or served up as cliches - the angry man on Stoke market and so on. I agree that far too much of discussion about working class people is "our betters" telling us what's good for us. I've read "Chavs" and agree with it.
But that said, I came from a working class background in the black country. I went to university thanks to the grant and the government covering tuition fees. I've made something of myself, but still live in a working class neighbourhood (,Wavertree in Liverpool) and work in local government. Maybe, having risen to manager, I'm no longer working class according to Doctor Shitman. After all, that's his logic for Jess Phillips mum.
The affected pride in working class roots, manifest as a hatred of anything "lah di dah" and championing obstinacy and ignorance, is a race to the bottom.
Jess Phillips' mum was in senior management and ran an outsourced consultancy firm. She sure as fuck wasn't working class lmfao.
This is nothing to do with "clever London people", amongst whom I would count many learned but ultimately powerless colleagues. It's about a clique of prominant media characters who hold a significant amount of power and influence. It's your Andrew Neils, your Laura Kussenbergs, Boris etc. It's about the power they hold over media editorials and how they use that to push right-wing views with no accountability.
Really the whole Boris flat shouting argument debacle is a perfect microcosm of this. His neighbours hear a serious and concerning sounding domestic argument, and record the audio of it and contact tte police.
The Times columnist and political anointed one Boris was challenged, and immediately the guns were turned on these neighbours. The floor plan of their 750k flat (normal london prices, not a broken housing market) was published. Their personal details slapped all over the paper. The message was clear = if you fuck with one of ours we will ruin your lives. The media establishment rallied round, with professional columnists offering words of support for Boris and opinion pieces being written in the Spectator and others, castigating these nosy lefty remainer trots for spying on poor Boris.
The same papers, of course who have no issues with policies of stop and search, of a surveillance state being used to keep an eye on anyone who'd fail the dulux colour test. Because this wasn't about the principle, it was about the target (one of them). This
is the media class. A group who act as a vanguard to capital and the enshrined power of the very wealthy, but who also use this power to protect their own class interests.
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