Sharp Elbows of the Bourgeoisie

I must take issue with David Cameron’s contention that sharp elbows are a defining characteristic of the middle class. He has defended bourgeois parents like himself who used these elbows to wangle their children into the rare high-quality state and church-run schools. Yet the PM is privately wealthy and could easily have afforded to pay school fees but, like the Blairs before him, he took the free places for political advantage. I believe the main bourgeois characteristics are rather patience, thrift, self-denial, seeking the good life through conscientious hard work and honest dealing. In the post-Communist lands where such virtues are not valued we see only a gross, tasteless, obscenely rich Mafioso atop the struggling millions beneath.

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