Vox Populi, Vox Dei: Trapped Like A Rat in Dave’s Big Society

I have a long 3:AM review of Owen Jones‘s book Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class. I don’t always agree with Jones, but he’s never less than compelling – I read the book in a day. Also worth reading Suzanne Moore, who I think illustrates the contention we’re having with a single anecdote:

Meral Hussein-Ece got in a bit of bother after tweeting about being stuck in ‘chav land’. She is a baroness and a Lib Dem, and she should know better. She was describing aggressive behaviour, and I defended her because I don’t really know her as a peer or Lib Dem but as a Turkish Cypriot councillor where I live, who spent years filling in benefit forms and setting up refuges for women. Has she done a lot for working-class people? Yes. Is she now getting vile racist abuse? Yes, such as: ‘We would love to see you striped (sic) of your British passport and sent back to the third world dump you came from.’

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