– and where honest, working people are treated as criminals, where the sick are treated as frauds and the elderly are treated as shirkers.
In the fifties and sixties Great Britain had a world-wide reputation for being law-abiding, for its reliable institutions and courtesy of its people, which included working class people. Before mass immigration. With a very low level of unemployment working class people did a major part of society’s essential work ( surprise!). Building, skilled trades, manufacturing, heavy industries, mining, farming and small businesses. With education some entered the Civil Service, nursing, teaching and journalism. Unemployment was low, in part because traditionally, middle class women did not go out to work. There was little crime and it was an uncommon and newsworthy event. Crime was a fringe element and criminals were marginal people. Ordinary people, working class and middle class alike rarely encountered crime.
Education for working class people gave access to grammar schools and all universities, including the top ones. Secondary modern schools provided an excellent education for girls. Many of my friends at girl’s secondaries got an excellent grounding in commercial subjects, leaving with qualifications in shorthand, typing and book-keeping, which made them highly employable in offices world wide. Others went into nursing and teaching. A University Lecturer complained to me that skilled tradesmen were paid more than him ( and he also said people were working class because they were too stupid to become middle class – this in a University which had the highest percentage of working class students in the entire UK – Ulster University).
Gypsies were not viewed as particularly criminal. Until the government changed the law in the late 1960’s, creating problems for farmers having caravans parked on their land, gypsies had legitimate employment with farmers as casual farm workers. They arrived when the work was needed and they brought their own accommodation. This made the notoriously low wages that farmers paid acceptable. Living in the countryside we saw gypsies on a regular, though not frequent basis. Nobody feared them. You didn’t rush home to lock up your toolshed. They didn’t trouble us and we didn’t trouble them.
I am not saying that gypsies or immigrants SHOULD be stigmatised. What I am saying is why is it happening that gypsies and immigrants must be always assumed to be honourable, honest working people, while at the same time, honest working people are treated as criminals. Why has it become normal and acceptable for an honest, working large section of the populace, who, as it is the human condition, also suffer sickness, aging and in the present government-manufactured conditions, sometimes also cannot find full-time jobs giving a living wage to be treated as if they, and they alone, are criminal class?
Working class people, en masse, are being treated to propaganda specifically directed against them very similar to that which the Nazis directed at the Jews in the 2WW, and we know where that led.
The working class has always been treated with smug superiority by the middle class. This turned into anger and resentment when competitive entry into grammar schools and universities resulted in children of working class origin out-competing middle class children, with all their advantages, into grammars and universities.
Working class girls with excellent qualifications were entering traditionally middle class areas of employment, offices, nursing and teaching, previously a middle class preserve. From there some went on to marry middle class men, another competition the middle class women did not welcome.
Sporting clubs were another area where working class girls and boys distinguished themselves. The school my sister attended, Greymount Girls Secondary produced the athlete Mary Peters. My sister went on to become a champion Irish swimmer, and her daughter swam in the Atlanta Olympics.
One by one, the ladders of upward mobility have been dismantled, but that does not explain why a continuing major law-abiding and able group are being falsely stigmatised wholesale, as criminals. The stigmatisation of the Jews preceded them being robbed of all their wealth, homes and businesses, reduced to slavery then slaughtered. Having been accused of all the crimes of which their accusers were guilty.
In UK today the honest are labelled criminals and the criminal are labelled honest. Nothing in politics happens by accident. While migrants are ushered into the country and held to be above reproach, the native population is being labelled criminal,useless and lazy. Like the German Jews, being scapegoated for the governments failings.
The process is not accidental. It is deliberate and it is leading somewhere. Every working class person in the country needs to wake up and ask, where is this leading. Before it is too late.