At The Financial Times: Simon Kuper’s Political Palace Gossip & The Working Class, a comment by Almost Marx

After all the back biting gossip and display of ‘Class Disloyalty’, as entertaining as it was, Mr. Kuper bends low, to defend the coming economic consequences of the Brexit’s effect, on the wage earner whose £20,000 per year will be reduced to  £15,000 producing hungry children.

Now Britain seems headed for recession. When I mentioned this in an email to a privately educated Oxford friend, he chastised me: “You seem unduly concerned about short-term financial impacts. This is a victory for democracy.” I see what he means. If you make £200,000 a year, a recession is just an irritation. But if you make £20,000, it’s a personal crisis, and if you now make £15,000, then soon you may be struggling to feed your children.

Anyway, the public schoolboys have already moved on, first backstabbing each other and now extracting favours from their preferred candidates in the Tory leadership election. “May I count on your vote?” What fun!

One almost expects an extemporaneous riff on the phrase ‘are there no work houses’ to be uttered, to engage in the hyperbolic.But surely, a Newspaper whose readership is the very Elite, whose utter failures across generations, has caused misery and privation starting with Mrs Thatcher, might exercise a bit more usable self-critique, rather than an exercise in political palace gossip allied to more of the same Brexit hysterics/histrionics?

Almost Marx

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f4dedd92-43c7-11e6-b22f-79eb4891c97d.html

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