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I found this quotation from Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier in Owen Jone’s Chavs, and it exactly describes an awful lot of the Middle Class attitude to the workers:

Every middle-class person has a dormant class prejudice which needs only a small thing to arouse it … the notion that the working class have been absurdly pampered, hopelessly demoralised by doles, old-age pensions, free education, etc … is still widely held; it has merely been a little shaken, perhaps, by the recent recognition that unemployment does exist.

And you can find the same prejudices every day in the Mail, Express, Telegraph

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