The British rightwing media has whipped itself into frenzy after frenzy of moral indignation regarding, what it considers to be the steady decline in the standards of psychological and physical behaviour exhibited by the general population of the country. The term ‘general population’, of course, refers to what is perceived as an ever-increasing population of people of working class origination, who, through the improvement in social conditions – influenced by the socialist development of the Welfare State, trade unions, a National Health Service, universal suffrage, and free education, etc – has undergone an improvement in social conditions hitherto unseen in the history of the UK. Many working class people live lives that outwardly appear ‘middle class’, but with none of the pretentious trappings usually associated with such an economically privileged upbringing. There are even some immensely wealthy business people whose financial power puts them on a par with members of the upper class. However, despite the improvement in income for many, poverty still exists throughout UKsociety, and with a continuous rightwing assault on the socialist reforms of 1948, that poverty is now increasing and getting worse. The so-called ‘reforms’ themselves are actually ‘cuts’ in the socialist system that has thoroughly enhanced UK society since the end of WWII. These cuts are designed to turn back all the socialist achievements, and in so doing, reduce the success and educational levels of the working class, and thus to ensure a return to a definite and easily definable British class system, whereby the middle class do the bidding of an upper, who both conspire to exploit one another, whilst maintaining a blanket oppression over the most populous class in the country. For this to happen, the middle and upper classes must re-enforce one another’s claim to legitimacy (i.e. mutually ‘exploit’ one another’s social needs), whilst conspiring to prevent the working class from developing an awareness about itself and where it fits in within its society, and in so doing prevent any large scale political uniting that would achieve socialist ends. For this oppression to succeed the workers must be deprived of the means to be educated, and of the kind of economic social stability the middle and upper classes enjoy through access to their accumulated wealth – for the workers, this corresponds to a fully functioning Welfare State, etc.
Where has this wealth originated for the middle and upper classes? From decades of the exploitation of the very workers that they seek to disempower and keep in a state of social and economic arrested development. This kind of oppression is system-wide and ‘total’ in its application. The middle and upper classes perceive themselves as ‘special’ because of the mythology they construct for themselves, through and around their wealth. It is an assumption of this mythology that their wealth has ‘always been’, in a type of god-given situation, or that it has been required through a ‘superior’ effort of will that is equally divine in nature. God is believed to favour those who socially dominate, because such social domination is believed to be ‘god’s will’. Of course, what is actually missing is the true history of how the wealth and social position was obtained, and the real extent of the ruthless exploitation of the masses that occurred to achieve such social and economic dominance in the first. In effect, the wealth and socially powerful positions have been quite literally ‘stolen’ from the people themselves, and then used against the people who have suffered the theft! This is a world of fairy-tale truths that uplift some people into castles in the sky, over the emaciated bodies of those who have paid the real social and psychological consequences for such a fictitious lifestyle to exist. Part of the ‘faith’ of the mythology of the middle and upper classes is the innate assumption of a pristine moral authority, whereby the middle and upper classes are believed to have been ‘born’ possessing a superior spirit, (touched by the grace of god), a clever mind and a more robust body. All this is the mistaken understanding acquired through the apparent stability their wealth and social position entails in the physical world. The massed booty of decades of exploitation is misinterpreted into some kind of religious purity and superior spiritually and social standing. This leads to an interesting phenomenon which can be witnessed throughoutUKsociety, which involves the interpretation and presentation of how so-called ‘immoral’ behaviour is reported within the rightwing press. The following article appeared in the Daily Mail inspired London Metro – a free newspaper that is distributed throughoutLondon’s extensive travel network:
As is usual with a story of this nature, when reported by the rightwing press it is relegated away from the front page and consigned to the right-hand margin of page 9, with its relevancy as an example of potential moral degradation further reduced as a consideration in the mind of the reader, by being placed next to a lightweight story about a deer who has got its antlers entangled in some green netting, (much hilarity is implied by the rightwing journalist, who draws, through this article, the readership’s attention to the similarity between the netting and the ‘natty’ dreadlocks worn by Rastafarians), and just above a story regarding the re-call of a well known car. The London Metro (like the Daily Mail) is usually very quick to condemn those accused of any kind of sexual deviancy, even before a trial has taken place. Here, the rightwing newspaper offers no comment whatsoever, but instead of condemnation for the situation contained within the report itself, it is content to very carefully, and sensitively report the story from the viewpoint of the acquitted accused, making sure that every part of his story is explained without error or omission. The former accused is of course the son of the Earl of Mansfield and is known as ‘The Honourable James Murray’. The London Metro is very much at pains to inform the reader of the social status of the acquitted man – indeed he is referred to as ‘AN ARSTOCRAT’ – all in capital letters, in the first words of the first line of the article. This is to inform the reader that what follows, no matter how disturbing or deviant, is to be considered in a substantially different light, than where the acquitted a member of the working class. Essentially the story is that the acquitted had underage teenage people in his place of abode – as a routine occurrence, it seems – and then had sexual intercourse with a girl aged just 16 years old. Although she is at the age of consent under UK law, Police in the UK have been known to charge adults for various sexual crimes, when acts between substantially older adults (and young adults), have been known to have occurred, even with the ‘consent’ of the 16 year olds involved. In this instance, the 16 year old girl involved, reported to the Police that she had been groomed by the acquitted accused, before being actually ‘raped’. The acquitted accused is 42 years old, and explained to the court that the alleged victim ‘installed’ herself, (along with her friends), in hisOxfordflat. The acceptance of this defence by the Court and the jury effectively absolves the acquitted accused of any and all responsibility. This presents the acquitted accused as if he were a ‘victim’ of his own life. In the light that he drove this girl are her friends everywhere, and considering that after the sexual incident occurred, he text (and ‘phoned’) ‘sorry’ 21 times, the jury decided that this fine and upstanding pillar of the community is ‘not guilty’ of the crimes of sexually grooming children, or raping a girl of 16 years old.
The London Metro paints an unquestioning picture of a girl who is socially (and morally) out of control, and who, through her unwarranted and apparently unwanted behaviour, managed as a child, to dominate and control an adult person’s life. Not only this, but her allegations of ‘grooming’ and ‘rape’ are further proof of her corrupted personality, because of the purity of the person she is aiming her allegations toward. The London Metro refers to the acquitted accused as an ‘IT Specialist’, and an ‘Old Etonian’, and never once offers any criticism of any kind of either the trial or its outcome. There is absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for the alleged victim, but an obvious appreciation and demonstrated deference to a person who the London Metro (and the Daily Mail) would usually extol as an example of everything that is ‘good’ and ‘great’ about Britain, alleged sexual deviancy not withstanding. This kind of reporting, and the bourgeois morality it presents actually has the effect of ‘dumbing down’ the audience, so that ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ becomes so implicitly entwined with class privilege that the notion of ‘justice’, as an independent and valid concept, has no objective value whatsoever. The implication of the reporting contained within the above London Metro newspaper is that the social standing of this person precludes any such notions that he could be guilty of any crime – as such barbaric behaviour is beneath both him and his class – particularly that of a sexual nature. Furthermore, this article turns justice on its head, and clearly presents the alleged victim’s behaviour as ‘inferior’, ‘devious’, and prone to ‘lying’ – in other words, she represents everything the nobleman does not. This is the essence of the mythological difference between the middle and upper classes, and the working class. The son of the ‘Earl’ represents privilege and wealth, whilst the allegations of the girl represent the envious working classes who are thought to huddle in plotting groups around the gated communities of the privileged. The jury, riddled with bourgeois class indoctrination, obviously produced a verdict very much in accordance with such thinking, indeed such is the power of the historical conditioning, it had no choice.