Thursday, March 03, 2016

Danny Finkelstein on the Daily Politics was indulging chav-hate

On Daily Politics this lunchtime non-Conservative Conservative peer Danny Finkelstein claimed that tolerance, cohesion and international peace depend on prosperity:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb

The remarks went unchallenged.

And yet they are incredible.

Is he really saying that only comfortably-off middle class people are tolerant, cohesive and peaceful?

My parents, grandparents and great-grandparents (and so on back into the past at least as far as the mid-eighteenth century) lived in the East End in conditions that were poor and without significant economic assets.

And yet they were a respectable law-abiding family, among similar respectable law-abiding families, and they formed a cohesive society that was completely at ease with their patriotic self-identity.

Danny Finkelstein on the Daily Politics was indulging chav-hate in making a link between economic wealth and civilised behaviour.

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