This Guardian /ICM poll provides a timely snapshot of those nice polite roast-beefy people. They still believe the wogs start at the Isle of Wight, they’re infested by scroungers and it’s fine to pull the NHS rug out from under the poor if that keeps the rich smiling all the way to the bank – to the bank mind you, not the tax office. This reminds me of nothing more than the shaven-headed, swollen-necked bulldog of an immigration officer who welcomed us to Blighty a few years ago by snarling at one of my French friends, “Don’t you talk to me in French – I’m British!” Doesn’t that just warm the cockles of your heart?
Just as Peter Mandelson was infamously “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”, so the English are clearly happy about theirs being the country where the gap between rich and poor is wider and growing more quickly than anywhere else in Europe except Greece and Portugal.
Yea, verily I say unto thee, that place is a boil on Europe’s bum.