IN Jacob Rees-Mogg the Tories have a figure who effortlessly drives reasonable people to insurrectionary thoughts.
This arriviste knob affects patrician manners but has proved he possesses a tin ear for human suffering.
Coming on top of the Establishment bid to blame firefighters for a tragedy directly attributable to Tory polices, the unguarded exposure of his contempt for working people still dealing with the trauma of Grenfell provides a window into the minds of our ruling class.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen added to our insight into the bourgeois mindset when he attributed Rees-Mogg’s comments to an intellect superior to the people who died in Grenfell.
And now the leader of the Tory Party in Wales has resigned because he lied over whether he had knowledge of his subordinate’s sabotage of a rape trial.
This election is principally about policies, but it is rare that we are offered, so early in an election, such a profound insight into the moral universe in which our rulers live.
Boris Johnson himself has fleshed out the foundations of his thoughts with a front-page piece in the Daily Telegraph with the hyperbolic claim that “the tragedy of the modern Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is that they detest the profit motive so viscerally … they point heir fingers at individuals with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks.”
As he toils in his modest allotment casting about for poor peasants exploited by the rich kulaks of the Home Counties, Jeremy Corbyn might reflect on what Lenin said about the subjects of Johnson’s concerns.
“Everywhere the avaricious, bloated and bestial kulaks joined hands with the landowners and capitalists against the workers and against the poor generally. Everywhere the kulaks wreaked their vengeance on the working class with incredible ferocity…”
It is hard to see where Johnson is going with this narrative. Tories bang on about “wealth creators” but the real wealth of this country is the product of the millions of working people who go about their jobs with varying degrees of contentment and frustration but always conscious that only part of their values they produce returns to them in the form of wages.
In truth, Britain’s hard-pressed entrepreneurs, small, medium-sized or even large-scale, need not fear for their lives, their homes or even their stores of grain.
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