“I wish we could find some way of creating a society which was freer in its own mind about that [class],” he told the Times.
“The problem is when you have a preoccupation with class, you get people believing that they can’t succeed.
“I’ve no doubt that the big universities are dying for more people to apply from less privileged backgrounds, but they aren’t getting them. That’s one of the problems,” said the man who voted for a rise in tuition fees.
Perhaps if you’d not made it harder for people from poorer backgrounds to go to uni, Jesse, more people would.
But Jesse Norman doesn’t get it. The middle class don’t get it and the upper class don’t get it. It’s always the people living comfortable lifestyles that like to talk about how class is irrelevant. Because they’re doing alright, it’s not a problem anymore.
But when you’re juggling bills and going without meals so you can afford nappies, class—and the divide between the haves and have-nots—is very real.
How are you supposed to forget that some families are living very comfortably in plush houses with frequent foreign holidays when you’re too busy wondering how you’re going to cope with the rising food prices because you haven’t had a payrise in years.
This is why we have a ‘preoccupation’ with class—because the divide between the rich and poor is very real. It’s not just a figment of some Marxist intellectual’s imagination.
Jesse, if you’re wishing we could create a society without class we can: but it’ll mean revolution, not voting Tory.