The Demonization of The Working Class


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‘It’s sad that Woolworth’s is closing. Where will all the chavs buy their Christmas presents?’

Now, he was not someone who would ever consider himself to be a bigot. Neither would anyone else present: for, after all, they were all educated and open-minded professionals. Sitting around the table were people from more than one ethnic group. The gender split was fifty-fifty and not everyone was straight. All would have placed themselves somewhere left-of-centre politically. They would have bristled at being labeled a snob. If a stranger had attended that evening and disgraced him or herself by bandying around a word like ‘Paki’ or ‘poof’, they would have found themselves swiftly ejected from the flat.

But no one flinched at a joke about Chavs shopping in Woolies.


By Owen Jones

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