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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, March 06, 2008
    White: is alright
     
    The BBC are running a series over the next week looking at the marginalisation of the white working class. Discussion of the subject is important because there's no doubt that people do feel ignored, derided even, by others in society. Chavs, the white van man for instance - where in our psyche do they come from, these cheap, mean and spiteful labels?

    It's just a shame that most of these programmes will frame the discussion around immigration, as that's a distraction from some of the more fundamental causes of the decline in the way this country's opinion-formers portray the mass of its people, the way this country's employers treat them, the way that successive governments since the 80s have stripped the workers of so many union rights. The real problem is the middle-class and their attitudes [discuss].

    After some impassioned telephone conversations today I may be appearing on BBC Radio Four's Sunday programme to make a case for affirming white working class culture, values, spirituality. Not advocating them over and against any other group in society, but just to celebrate them in their own right.