Slowly but inexorably the mills of left-wing resentment have ground on. Today as I write, the newspaper headlines indicate that “Corbyn says BBC Staff should reveal staff social class”.
Has it really come to this, that the leader of a major political party wants to take up arms against the middle classes?
That rather begs the question: who exactly are the middle classes? My father was a heavy goods vehicle fitter and my mother took in sewing machining. They wanted the best for their boys and we were lucky enough to make it into the local grammar and technical school.
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I worked hard, resat all the exams I failed and finished up a chartered surveyor. That’s a middle class professional job, in the true, original meaning of professional: entrance by competitive examination, regulation by a chartered body.
So where do I stand, a middle class professional but with a solid working class pedigree?
The truth is thyat it doesn’t matter? And what does class mean any more anyway? Many workers now regard themselves as professional and middle class and the old distinctions between working class and middle class have long disappeared except in the left-wing lexicon.
Is it how you talk, where you went to school, what your parents did, who your parents were? Perhaps it’s which tv channel you watch? Really, it’s all irrelevant now. What matters is ability.
Why should it matter whether a BBC presenter or editor or tea boy is middle class or working class? It shouldn’t and for most of us it doesn’t.
But it still seems to matter for the class warriors of the left, left behind by the progress of the world they still seem to inhabit a world the rest of us moved on from in the 1980s, a period when the left tried to mobilise every grievance to support them, to try and build a coalition of the disgruntled to unseat a popular Tory government.
We’ve therefore seen the politicisation of equal rights, gay rights, feminist rights, black rights, LGTB rights, you name it.
Now we seem to have class rights, the perverse belief that the educated middle classes should make way for, well, whom exactly?
Commissar Corbyn and his acolytes ought to know that they tried that in the Soviet Union. It didn’t exactly turn out well for the masses did it?
So, I’m white, middle class, well educated, middle aged plus a bit, straight not gay and so looks like I’ll be among the first against the wall come the revolution. What about you?