In an ideal world we working class people would be able to stick up for ourselves. We would be able to write our own articles in The Guardian telling people how hard it is to live without hope and in poverty. We could set out on paper what our aspirations are.

But we can’t – because we are too thick to speak for ourselves. Thank goodness then that there are posh rich people who know what we think, who know what we want – and are selfless enough to write articles in The Guardian telling everyone – including us – exactly what that is.

I’m talking, of course, about the great left wing visionary Polly Toynbee, without doubt one of our own.

Polly may not at first blush seem to fit the profile of a working class hero. She was born, Mary Toynbee (named after her great Grandmother Lady Mary…

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  1. Is Polly Toynbee real?

    Or is this person a fictional character who escaped from the “Peter SImple” universe when the late Michael W. was not looking?

    I remember the late Frank Johnson arguing that the left had an incredibly low opinion of the “working class” people they claimed to support.

    Mr Johnson came from home where the father was a manual worker – there were serious books (and music) in the home. This was NOT unusual in the area (the homes of Frank Johnson’s childhood friends also had serious books and music within them – and the books were read, and the music was played).

    Yet the leftist elite assumed that manual workers were somehow on the cultural level of cats or dogs (if not lower).

    Hence the need for the Marxist “intellectual vanguard”.

  2. Isn’t Polly Toynbee the real “Mrs Dutt-Pauker”?

  3. Julie near Chicago

    1326 words (but bear in mind, I kept my socks on, so–) and every one of them well worth the reading. “Wonderful,” indeed!