Monday, 4 January 2010

Class Wars - Does Anyone Care?

There's been lots of continued talk in the papers about Labour's election tactic being based on 'classes'. The notion being that the Tories are elitist snobby Eton boys who want to bring back fox hunting, in order to use the hounds to hunt down coal miners and those that aren't millionaires that donate to their party. Essentially it plays on the Lib Dems narrative of the Tories sense of entitlement, but New Labour dust off their dead donkey like they always do, to beat it to the rhythm of evil Tories. Which I think must sound a lot like "Things can Only Get Better".

Though I do understand that if those in power had experienced what it's like to live on the poverty line, been unemployed, relied on the NHS/state schooling and so on, that they would have empathy, the idea that some things need to be experienced to be understood. Yet one person could never experience everything in life, the most important point here is having politicians that listen, that very simple notion crosses class, age and wealth. I don't care in the slightest what someone's background is as long as they listen and in doing so speak up for those that elect them.

Largely though it's a very desperate tactic. There is so little different between the parties they're creating the dividing line of class, just when did New Labour start routing for someone other than themselves and banks? Oh that's right, when faced with loosing the election because of that very fact. This election isn't about class difference, there will always be those that look down on others and those that look up with scorn. This election is when distilled down, just about how badly Labour will loose. As people are angry, that is what will define voters agenda.


  1. Fox-hunting is not about class. The argument is is about our responsibility for those in our care and for those we hold power over, whether they are humans or animals. Most of us don't expect to stop the world from eating meat or shooting animals where wildlife needs to be managed, but we draw the line at proglonged and unnecessary suffering in the name of sport.

    There is no case for repeal. Hunt numbers are up all over the country. Drag hunting is legal. The sense of community, pageantry, heritage, and jobs are all still intact and yet these disgraceful people can’t manage to enjoy themselves unless they are terrifying and killing animals.

    If you support the hunting act, please get your names on the R.O.A.R. (Register Online Against Repeal), an ‘all party’ list at:

    Please make your voices heard!

  2. It makes no difference if the participant is a prince or a pauper. Hunting with dogs is animal abuse. No-one has the right to cause suffering to any animal for their own perverse pleasure.