‘We used to be the salt of the earth -now we’re the scum of the earth’…………..’The Likes of Us’
And the middle classes are finding more and more campaigning ways to keep us out of the high streets. Campaigns for ‘independent retailers’ and against supermarkets are barely coded messages to keep working class people in search of low prices away from the area. Then there’s ‘green’ campaigns against cheap air travel – again coded as climate change oncern. Today The Observer publishes hilarious letters against BETTING SHOPS as part of its ‘NEW BLIGHT ON OUR HIGH STREETS’ CAMPAIGN.
One concerned reader writes: ‘ In Westminster around the corner from the Home Office and expensive flats a new betting shop has opened…………UNDERNEATH A DAY NURSERY’. Nudge, wink – we understand the clientele of the betting office could be a threat to the day nusery…like kerb crawlers.
Another writes from leafy ALCESTER: ‘We already have one small betting shop in a small town – do we need another’. There is apparently a small pocket of deprivation in Alcester and it is feared these people may flock to the new betting shop destroying the council’s plans for tourism with its 40 ‘independent retailers’. Another deplores the absence of a ‘local anti-betting shop’ campaign. Don’t worry – there’ll be another bandwagon along in a minute.
For fuck sake – just come out with it – WORKING CLASS FUCK OFF – YOU’LL FRIGHTEN THE TOURISTS!