Been on my mind a while now. Is it just me or do others feel uncomfortable with labour when they regularly drop the word class into the subject of conversation.
I started my working life with unions getting such a bad rap that it was embarrasing to be seen to associate with them. So I and many others distanced ourselves from them. Later when Blair came along it seemed that he was at heart a supporter of working people but without so much of the idealogy that had gone before.
But if I look at it logically, I could not survive purely on my assets or family so I am working class whether I choose to define myself that way or not. I think it is natural for people to want to feel that they are not at the bottom of the heap regardless of whether they choose to step on others to better their position.
But heres another thing that has really niggled me over the last few years. It seems that those who are lower down in the pecking order have been getting a really hard time whilst those who can afford to take career breaks but may not be contributing as such are left untarnished. WHY? Been watching things like Upstairs Downstairs and the thirties in colour and it seems not much has changed. If you have funds you are viewed as a more acceptable person in society. This makes me feel uneasy.
Am I the only one?