Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Piggate

Beyond the probably unoriginal observation that the whole thing feels a bit like the denouement of a great lost episode of THE THICK OF IT (and if you haven't seen that show, proceed immediately to Netflix), I can add only this to the global storm of derision now descending on David Cameron: There is more to the story than a cheap laugh.

Tory unity appears to depend on certain rituals of depersonalization far more disgusting than the one now gracing the world's newsfeeds. Their aim is twofold: to create a network of shared secrets binding the British elite, and to destroy the possibility of empathy with those who aren't wealthy.

For an insightful examination of the complex, and troubling, class issues fueling the scandal, see Lawrence Richards's fine piece in The Leveller.