‘The left has turned against the working class’

Topics Politics UK

Brendan O’Neill and Julia Hartley-Brewer discuss the paternalism of the lockdown left who want to keep working people under house arrest.

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Ken Bowker

28th May 2020 at 6:37 pm

The left have NEVER supported the working class, instead using them as a means to a Marxist end.


25th May 2020 at 8:17 pm

complete and utter drivel from o neill


25th May 2020 at 8:14 pm

ive never heard such garbage from o neill , what a far right nutter he has become

Tim Wheeler

21st May 2020 at 2:08 pm

On Brendon’s speculations of why The Left loves lockdown, I think there may be an additional strand. Many of the Guardianista/BBC’ers are still deeply angry and unforgiving about the Brexit vote. There is an unmistakeable element of Schadenfreude in their commentary: they appear to delight in the prospect of the economy failing as it won’t hurt them badly (they imagine) – but it WOULD deliver well-deserved punishment to ordinary people for defying them repeatedly in The Brexit Referendum and the elections surrounding it.

fred bloggs

20th May 2020 at 12:55 am

Would love Julia to stand to become London Mayor for the Conservatives.

Gordon Y Gopher

19th May 2020 at 8:40 am

‘The left has turned against the working class’

You make it sound like that’s a new thing. It happened in the 1980’s after the working class voted for Thatcher. They’ve hated the working class ever since.

Jill W

19th May 2020 at 3:59 am

Never has the profile and relevance of risk assessments been higher. Contrary to the disdainful stereotype ‘elf and safety gone mad’, scaffolders, builders, care workers, shop assistants etc., some on barely more than minimum hourly rate, have long understood not to mobilise without one. It is second nature, a company culture within which most workers operate. Inertia is not an option for small businesses or office and property managers who daily identify potential hazards then apply familiar practices and measures to eliminate, protect. Headmasters and school governors have always complied with duty of care.
Particularly now, no-one underestimates the responsibility or difficulty.
But if nations with a more compliant working population manage it and come out of this well, I hope that the dissenters do not hold them up as role models to deride the U.K.?

Ven Oods

22nd May 2020 at 3:53 pm

The paucity of competent risk assessments is the problem with ‘elf and safety’.
Scaffolders tend to rely on a ‘scafftag’ that permits work on a structure that has been inspected and approved by a single certified competent person. Go on any building site and see flagrant breaches of safe working practices. Care workers are probably the reason for the devastation that Wuhan Flu has had in some areas. Medics sending untested seniors back to care homes from hospital will also have contributed.
Badly-done risk assessments will make the unwary feel more confident than is reasonable. Well-done risk assessments will be flouted by those who think themselves immortal. Think the kind of behaviour shown by adults who cross a busy road while their attention is on a smartphone screen.
Risk assessments are not a bad thing, but personal responsibility and understanding of the task at hand are just as important.

Mike Coops

18th May 2020 at 10:19 pm

Couldn’t disagree with any of that.

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18th May 2020 at 7:49 pm

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Ivor Million

18th May 2020 at 6:07 pm

To think this “paper” is begging for money!!! Fat chance.

Ven Oods

22nd May 2020 at 3:53 pm

Oh, go on, Ivor. You’ve allegedly got plenty.

Danny Rees

18th May 2020 at 5:04 pm

Ha ha the right wing are the true voice of the working class.


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