No War But The Class War!

January 14, 2009

The middle class press are calling the Labour Party’s proposed new measures to encourage social mobility a “class war” against the middle class; if only it were true!

The fact remains that we have had thirty years of measures that have ensured the middle class reap all the benefits at the expense of working class communities. A Lib Dem (yes, we said Lib Dem…) commissioned ‘Social Mobility’ report shows that the UK is as class divided as ever. It contains 27 recommendations to end what is referred to as “a society of persistent inequality”.

Most concern a targeting of resources to deprived households and schools with the highest proportions of poorer pupils. The report also suggests child tax credits should be available only to low-income families and that they should also have access to affordable credit such as interest-free loans.

Martin Narey, chief executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s, who chaired the commission said education had “not become the great leveller that many people believed it would be” and investment had “disproportionately benefited the middle classes. There’s been a much greater expansion in university education for children from comfortable backgrounds than from the most deprived backgrounds, [sic] We need to make sure that the most disadvantaged children get to the best schools and we need to look at over-riding local authority admission policies and school admission policies. If we did that more widely, we would fundamentally alter equality of opportunity for the disadvantaged.” He also said “A basic and reasonable income is an absolute prerequisite for social mobility,” – which calls into question Labour’s decision to freeze the minimum wage and encourage thieving bastards like Mc Donalds to set on ‘apprentices’ at £80 a week.

The gap between the rich and the poor has grown ever wider and the recession will make things even worse for those of us at the bottom; all we can hope is that our forthcoming adversity will bring us closer together so that we can organise to bring ourselves out of poverty. One day those who did not spend enough to help the poor will not be able to spend enough to protect the rich.


One Response to “No War But The Class War!”

  1. “I have no country to fight for, my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world… I am not a capitalist soldier, I am a proletarian revolutionist.

    I do not belong to the army of the plutocracy but to the irregular army of the people. I refuse to obey any command to fight from the ruling class, but I will not wait to be commanded to fight for the working class. I am opposed to every war but one. I am for that war heart and soul, and that is the world-wide war of the social revolution. In that war I am prepared to fight in any way the ruling class may make it necessary even to the barricades.”

    Eugene V.Debs, September 11, 1915

    Eugene V. Debs, a member of the Socialist Party of the United States, was arrested for opposing World War I and sentenced to 10 years in prison. While in prison, he received over a million votes for presi- dent in 1912

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