Hi, it’s Tony Loboinson, history expert at the Greenygrey, here writing about the working-class, because I think my human parallel is from that background. Not that you’d really be able to notice, and maybe that’s the best way to be; but is the current growth in the rich-poor gap, and the divisions it creates, the working-class’s fault, or is it due to society in the last thirty years omitting them from the top positions in politics and the media.
Chavs by Owen Jones
One of the rising stars in the media wrote a book criticising the labelling of the working-class as ‘chavs’ in 2011, but Owen Jones is middle-class himself.
Marc Latham, who had a pre-Chav era working-class poor one-parent council flat upbringing, had wanted to focus his university research on the demonising of the working-class when he finished his PhD in 2005, but his department didn’t support him; well, to be precise, a baby-faced middle-class tutor not unlike Jones himself.
Marc was reduced to publishing his opinions on this here blog, which he thinks is also good and relevant, but it was a bittersweet double-edged greenygrey feeling for him when Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class the book appeared six years later.
Owen Jones Avoided Grooming Cases
Maybe the department thought Marc was too working-class to focus on his own demographic, although there are female feminists who only write defending their own gender, and criticising the other; and ethnic-minorities who do the same with issues of race.
Maybe Owen Jones was a safer bet to give the working-class a voice, seeing as he isn’t really one of them. His book contains many of the issues Marc had noticed, and written about in this blog.
And maybe that’s why he failed to write a chapter on the mainly Pakistani grooming, rape and prostitution of poor and vulnerable children on an industrial scale that was going on for years before he wrote his book; but was hidden and not tackled by New Labour.
I think that was because it looked bad for New Labour’s glorious new age of multiculturalism. It was only after New Labour lost power that it was widely publicised, although to be fair, Jack Straw did try and talk about it, but he was shouted down by the ‘multicultural left’.
This month, Coventry grooming arrests meant it was the latest city to be revealed with a vulnerable girls being targeted by members of the Muslim community case; although it only dates from last year.
Owen Jones: Career over Care
Instead of talking about the biggest atrocity against poor people in Britain over the last decade, which was largely ignored by the media and politicians, Owen Jones prefers to concentrate his book solely against the rich establishment; like George Galloway does with his politics.
The first chapter of the book could have been about the grooming cases, but instead Jones (or his publishers?) prefers to devote it to the Shannon Matthews case, when she was hidden/kidnapped by her own working-class family.
I don’t think the chapter works at all as an example of elites demonising the working-class, as the media widely covered a case that ended up as being a working-class deception and crime; wasting police and media time, and probably supporting the opinions of higher class people who used the term ‘chav’.
So while Owen Jones is obviously a bright lad with great presentation, I think his Chavs book is incomplete, and does more to support the liberal left’s multicultural agenda than the real working-class.
Sorry if I appear like a snake-oil salesman, but I like my books better!: