Following my efforts to dissect the class debate on the working and shirking classes where Labour has allegedly lost the working class (aside that most of those lost seem not to work…), I was still fascinated to stumble upon a pretty bitter conversation between Grace Blakeley, whose Twitter profile suggests she is a Moet Marxist, sorry Moët Marxist, because she does put the umlaut where it should be (and yes, there was lots of German immigration to the Champagne region), and Faiza Shaheen, who was the (unsuccessful) Labour candidate in Iain Duncan Smith’s constituency, where she lives, and is head of the CLASS thinktank.
Both went to Oxford and both read PPE, about which I confess I’ve never been too complimentary, and both are lefties.
Still, I’m with Faiza.
For the whole class divide is not really about whether you work or are intelligent or have a degree or speak with a lovely BBC or Geordie accent. None of that really matters in life.
What does really matter in today’s lives is access to resources, otherwise known as money – having some ‘backing’ in the old-fashioned phrase.
That really means capital.
That’s why Tories try to acquire it – and how.
So the ‘working’ class are really the class who have no capital.
In lots of ways we are still a straight capitalist society.
Almost everyone works, which is potentially a method to acquire capital – but that’s much more difficult when not everyone has ‘backing’.
I’m afraid I suspect – I certainly don’t know – that probably Grace has more of that than Faiza.
Hence, perhaps, their diverging opinions.
But regardless – it is that access to savings and the security that capital offers that is the real class divide, I suggest.
It is the comfort cushion that enables the unclouded pursuit of opportunities.
Without it, the opportunities become rather less…