The fight against hate

Fear and loathing in Great Britain

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The moment when I realised that the Tories were politicising hate came during George Osborne’s conference speech in 2012 in which he said, “Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark hours of the early morning, who looks up at the closed blinds of their next door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits? When we say we’re all in this together, we speak for that worker.”

All in this together? Except those sleeping off a life on benefits, after an excess of drink and/or drugs and partying was the implication. Setting up resentment and hate against ones neighbour was a triumph out of which was to come Channel 4’s ‘Benefits Street’ and a whole raft of what became known as poverty porn in the media.

Osborne could have said, ‘Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift-worker, leaving home in the dark…

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