Which party hates the working class? Which party absolutely despises Ordinary Bloke who likes a few beers and a curry, watching football, taking the kids to the park, seeing Daenerys in Game of Thrones with her clothes off (for the uninitiated Daenerys seldom has a full set of clothes on) and daydreaming about the Bugatti Veyron he will buy when he wins the Euromillions.
The Conservatives? They couldn’t give a shit but they don’t hate the woring classes; The Liberal Democrats? Too wussy to hate anyone; UKIP? They are the party of the working class; The Greens? Too busy knobbing trees; the answer of course is Labour. Labour are no longer the grass roots party of Fred Jowett, Kier Hardie and Richard Bell that grew out of the trade unions, the Cooperative movement and the Methodist church. It is the elitist party, the party of privately educated Oxbridge graduates, lawyers, doctors, academics and media luvvies.
We see plenty of examples of Labour snobbery and elitism every day during election campaigns, but here’s another.
A Labour Party parliamentary candidate Huw Thomas, who is standing in Ceredigion in Wales, in a 2006 blog post called people who fly England flags simpletons and casual racists and called for their cars to be damaged. Thomas wrote:
I agree that its completely sickening how many England flags are to be seen around Wales. It truly shows the degree our society has been infiltrated by incomers who are not ready to integrate.
Very often, from what I see, some flying English flags are young people, who have been brought up in Wales, but who are loyal to England. This raises questions about us as Welsh people as well.
Its true that the parents are at fault, but its obvious that the education system has failed to create a Welsh Nationalism in these people, and I wonder also how many of us Welsh people, in our school days, tried to bring these people (aka chavs) into the Welsh circle.
I cant speak with a clear conscience by a long shot, so dont think that Im preaching, but its something to consider I feel.
The retail sector is also responsible for making the situation worse I think, and all across Britain not only in Wales. The World Cup, to a large extent, is just an opportunity for high street shops to cash in, using special offers and social pressure to create a fake group mentality Nationalism Asda style!
Having said this, I had the opportunity, when I had the opportunity to buy an England flag for half price in WH Smith, Oxford, to answer with the phrase: Since I am neither a simpleton nor a casual racist I must decline your offer. Poor Stacey didnt know where to look!
He concluded by calling for cars displaying England flags to be vandalised.
Wales Online reports that the comments were uncovered just days after Thomas called for a rival candidate to resign over comments he had made 14 years ago. Mike Parker, the Plaid Cymru candidate in Ceredigion, wrote in 2001: To some extent, rural Wales has become the British equivalent of the American mountains, inhabited by a sprinkling of paranoid conspiracy theorists, gun-toting Final Solution crackpots and anti-government obsessives.
So he’s a hypocrite as well as a snob. Its OK for him to dig up comments made fourteen years ago to discredit an opponent, but he protests when his much more teent hate soeech outbursts against the working class are cited.
I can understand his point about the ‘incomers’ however, far too many attrative cottages in that part of Wales are only occupied for a few weeks in the years. (But me and the family go down and keep our occupied as much as we possibly can, we really do. Short of renting it out to chavs I think any family would stuggle to do more than 24 weeks a year.) Having said that, the only people who look like escapees from the set of Deliverance I’ve seen down there are definitely Welsh right down to the roots of their tooth.