In all the (very proper) fuss about Letwin’s racist advice to Thatcher released under the 30 years rule last week we skipped past this nugget. He wrote that, while Black communities rioted:
‘Lower-class, unemployed white people lived for years in appalling slums without a breakdown of public order on anything like the present scale…’
Such complacency about the docility of the ordinary british worker. So revealing about a particular patrician view of poverty and the conditions working people lived in.
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