The Demonization of The Working Class
‘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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