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5.0 out of 5 stars About Britain's weakest and most vulnerable, 2 July 2012
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This review is from: The Likes of Us: A Biography of the White Working Class (Paperback)
I have a great affinity for Britain's native working class and fell they have been victims of gross social injustice through the centuries, with today those who discriminate against them and downright persecute them in fact being the Britain's modern left elite who have outrageously swapped the noble ideals classlessness to the vile multiculturalism and 'anti-racism' as the author explains in the latter chapters.
Multiculturalism and anti-racism are used as a stick to beat the British white working classes, who are the only group people in Britain it is acceptable for the chattering classes to mock and attack
As the brilliant journalist and true voice of and conscience and nonconformity to the prejudices of Britain's left elites , Burchill captured with great skill as the author quotes in the book in a 2001 article from the Guardian " What we now have is a new version of the deserving and undeserving poor-the noble new British working class, who are ethnic and the thoroughly swinish old working class who are white"
Julie Burchill also makes the very important and true point that it is easy for the middle and upper classes not affected negatively by immigration to condemn the working classes who suffer as a result of it: "That the working class might have a thoroughly legitimate reason for becoming more agitated about immigration that the tolerant middle class with their health insurance,private schools and comfy cars is never considered by these usually oh so caring people"
This consummate, passionate and humane biography of Britain's white working class in the 19th and twentieth century is social history at it's best tracing the story of the author's own family with a sympathetic but non uncritical look at the culture and history of Britain's most abused people. People who have nevertheless have a rich and vibrant culture, which is a victim of a new class war by Britain's left wing middle class privileged hypocrite elite.

The author covers much of the story from the viewpoint of the memories of his grandmother Nell Hall (Born in 1892 and passed away in 1991)The first three chapters cover the period of the industrial revolution when the British working classes suffered untold horrors, lived in diabolical conditions, and had no labour or human rights. If Blacks deserve reparations for slavery, then the equally miserable and cruel treatment of the British working classes at this time should entitle them to the same thing.There are chapters covering the immigrants from this class who migrated to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. A fscinating chapter on late 19th century working class literature , a chapter covering the real admirable efforts of socialist reformers like Robert Owen and William Cobbett who rightly pointed out how it took "a despicable hypocrite to pretend to believe that the slaves in the West Indies were worse off than the (white British) slaves in the manufacturies" AS these and other European working classes are the people who inspired Karl Marx's writing, and not the Blacks and Browns of Africa and Asia, the modern left of today should hang their heads in shame at taking up the baton of the middle and upper class ancestors in oppressing the white working class in the name of the despicable multi-multiculturalism and 'anti-racism' .
There is a chapter on the tragic 4th August 1912 Boy Scouts Disaster at Leysdown, which was an event of great mourning for London's working classes. Then the author moves onto the beginning of social reform under the Labour Party, the heroic resistance by the British working class to Oswald Mosley's Fascist Blackshirts when the valiant English workers stopped a Black Shirt parade in Bermondsey in 1937.
Who could forget the deprivations suffered by the British working classes who won World War II for Britain between 1939 and 1945. The golden age of the white working classes was no doubt the 50's (when Labour began the social reforms such as NHS and social welfare and the conservatives became more compassionate and reformist, a processed reversed in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher revived the cruel war on the British poor) The goal of the British left in the 1960 was classlessness, laudable and noble goal, and has today been replaced by multiculturalism and 'anti-racism' who have replaced the British white working class despicably with the ethnic immigrants as those to champion and justify their snobbery as they label the white working class as 'racist chavs' to justify their newly restored snobbery. A fascinating nostalgic chapter on the author's school days in the 1970s which captures working class youth culture of the time in the multi-racial school the author attended (so much for the charges of racism the white working class is persecuted with)
Collins describes of a white middle class avant garde left-winger who had moved into previously working class area and complained the area is 'very white'
When the author witnessed this he remarks how he saw the 'urban working class white population booted as far below the stairs as it may have been in the 1890s'-so much for social reform.
HE also lambastes the media for sneering, prejudices documentaries where sound bites from selective interviews trump substance and real analysis in an effort to burn the white working class at the stake for 'racism'
This book is a magisterial work , of which few of it's kind tragically exist and combined poignant and pungent analysis with stinging social commentary.

The basic problem is that the privileged left and liberal elite are no longer interested in class equity or the basic rights of the British working class but only in 'non racism' which is a farcical label for favoring the third world exotic brown immigrants and persecuting and demonizing the local white working class who they label as chavs-not worthy in the eyes of the left/liberal toffs of having their suffering, feelings or rights considered. The British working class suffered as much in the Industrial Revolution as the Blacks did under slavery but are still suffering with the privileged elite classes using pc propaganda and favouring of the third world exotic browns against them.
Britain's indigenous working classes are put last in line for employment, council housing, health care, education and bank loans in favour of the exotic Third world immigrants (especially Muslims) favoured by the pc left elites.
. Those who are flabbergasted at discrimination based on race, gender, sexuality of religion (unless of course you attack Jews for being 'Zionists' or attack Israelis-that is acceptable among the chattering classes) think nothing of attacking the British working class and lumpenproletriat as chavs. This also translates to a politically correct anti-white racism. White British young people who suffer as a result of social problems such as juvenile crime, drug addiction , and teenage pregnancy, as well as child prostitution, and come from broken homes no longer elicit sympathy from the liberal and left elites who consider the white underclass the lowest of the low, not worth saving or empathizing with, whereas they would have the utmost sympathy and support for Third world immigrant youth under the same circumstances.
The liberal and left elites now use the race card against he white under classes and point out since the latter are supposedly 'racist' and 'bigoted' they must be punished for this and are the unworthy poor as compared to the impoverished people of colour who are deemed worthy of empathy and upliftment.
This amounts to an inverse racism whereby the classes that have so long suffered since the Industrial Revolution and who came under sustained attack under Thatcher are now being made victims again at the hands of the leftist and liberal elites now in charge of Britain, including the media, local councils and the courts. This is not a racist review as leftist correcto-fascists and reverse racist may charge but instead aims to speak up for Britain's most voiceless and unprotected.
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2012 23:06:06 BDT
T. S. C. says:
Unfortunately, I have to agree with what you have written so passionately and eloquently. It does seem that the guilty middle class liberals now have a whipping boy, and that whipping boy is the white working class. Because, of course, (I do hope you detect the irony), white working class people are lazy, incorrigible, feckless and just downright racist, aren't we?! And because of this, the concerned middle classes can now hate us and not be prejudiced at the same time. Don't the PC and 'non-racist, non-sexist etc etc' middle classes play a lot of intellectual mind games to justify their sneering hatred and contempt for anything or anyone that isn't like them; especially white working class people? To me, prejudice is prejudice and a bigot is a bigot. We are now being demonised by a combined trendy-lefty AND a right-wing middle class that somehow deem it satisfactory to hate our culture and to hate us as people because we won't play their silly mind games and refuse to be politically correct like them, with all the breath-taking double-standards and utter hypocrisy that entails.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2012 13:20:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Oct 2012 13:20:58 BDT
Gary Selikow says:
Well said TSC, by labelling the woprking class as mainly white working' class their war on Britain'sp oor by the left/liberal elites can actually now be poitically correct-hypcrytical worms that the liberal/left middle classes are!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2013 09:52:26 BDT
Gary Selikow says:
TSC I have an article on m,y new blog in this regard-can you please reply with your remarks over here;postID=2017571878214145283;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=0;src=postname

Posted on 10 Oct 2013 12:44:31 BDT
This is a very well written review going against the current socialist/elitist paradigm of the dirty, drunken working (unworking) classes of Britain. I have seen a lot of this brutality against the integrity of ordinary people in contemporary Britain.
The Left/Liberal/Progressives have always hated the working class of Britain. I've even heard it said that educating the masses was the very worst thing Britain ever did; "How many Doctors and Lawyers does a Nation need", was said in front of me two years ago AT A HUSTINGS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION of May 2012 by a Tory agent talking to a Champaign Labour candidate, laughing into their bubbly as they derided the very people who naÔvely voted for them.
Excellent review, Gary...

Posted on 28 Oct 2013 19:48:22 GMT
Jamie Breen says:
Very well put Gary, born working class and by no fault of my own white. I have seen from the early 70's ethnic cleansing of my kind from our major cities and the removal of hope for the future from so many of our children. I actually believe in a multicultural society where all are equal regardless of skin colour or cultural background. But you do not achieve that by purging the rights and hopes of the lower echolons of the indiginous majority as our political elite have done for decades. Quite the opposite our elite have created division and mistrust where there should be unity.
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