“Hardworking migrants vs. the stupid, lazy poor” – Jamie Oliver is on familiar liberal-left territory
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So Jamie Oliver isn’t keen on the British work ethic. Apparently he considers 48 hours to be just half a working week, and is upset that some Brits would consider such hours to be hard work – unlike their “stronger, tougher” British counterparts. This comes the day after he effectively claimed that there was no real poverty in Britain, and that the poor diets of the cash poor and time poor were merely a self-inflicted evil.
While some have been shocked by Oliver’s poor-bashing outbursts, I personally find them all too fitting for a man who gets published by Comment is Free. After all, this trope about hardworking immigrants being superior to the British lower orders is hardly unfamiliar upon the liberal left. Over at the Independent, you can find Yasmin Alibhai-Brown telling us about the “uselessness” of ordinary British workers, when compared migrants, despairing at what the British working classes “have become”, and asserting that “too many” of them “will not get out of bed for love or money. Then there’s liberal luvvie Lucy Mangan, who in the Guardian reviewed a television programme comparing migrants to the British working class, and exclaimed with great humour “the natives are revolting”.
So do express your shock and anger at Jamie. But remember, he’s only displaying the ugly face of middle class liberalism.
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