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Gordon Brown’s clumsy class war hides a muddle within both parties over exactly where “middle England” is

By Anne McElvoy   January 2010

Top hats off, tin hats on: the class war is with us again. Tony Blair would have sooner donned a Fettes tie than started a row with the leader of the opposition about his background. Yet that is what Gordon Brown did during prime minister’s questions at the start of December, needling David Cameron for an economic policy “dreamed up on the playing fields of Eton,” and teasing him for having a posh, tax-avoiding ally in Zac Goldsmith. Cameron should have seen it coming: such plutocrats came into politics on their own terms, trailing interesting accountancy arrangements.

The PM meant…

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