October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Cameron did not identify the collapse of industry as having any role in [many] social problems. ‘Why is our society broken?’ he asked rhetorically. His own answer to this would have surprised the people of Ashington and Longbridge: ‘Because government got too big, did too much and undermined responsibility.’ That the economies of communities like Ashington and Longbridge, right across the country, have been obliterated is apparently irrelevant. The chilly winds of the free market are ignored; it is the overbearing state that has taken away people’s sense of responsibility. And now, they are told, people in these communities must start to take individual responsibility for what has happened to them”

from Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class (2011), by Owen Jones

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