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The 1010 Climate Change campaign have been banging on about moving the clocks an hour forward for ages. Apparently we will save a fortune in lighting bills - which strikes me as more tangible than some notional tourist dollars.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2011 on move all the clocks at Blood & Treasure
No I don't think is "working class" is an identity. Or at least it didn't used to be. Social classes are - or were - primarily economic phenomena - they are defined by a shared economic interest around the relationship to property. Being working class was about being a low-paid wage worker. If you worked as a coal miner or a factory labourer, it didn't matter what you wore, what newspaper you bought or what you drank you still shared an economic interest with your co-workers - higher wages, better working conditions, job security. Yes those economic groups also had strong shared cultures but it was their shared interests that made them a class. In a way, the crisis of the Labour party is the death of their traditional constituency - the organised working classes who used electoral politics as a tool to further their shared interests. As this class fragmented, the shift to a politics of identity left the Labour party without a clear agenda for social change.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2010 on I blame the 80s at Stumbling and Mumbling
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