Magazine
Latest Issue

Political notes

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect