‘A lower standard of person’

I knew one of the Daily Mail’s overpaid columnists wouldn’t be able to miss passing judgement on the vulgar lower classes who dared to attend Ascot: ‘Death of civility and the rise of the vulgarians‘ [istyosty.com link], is the headline for Amanda Platell’s latest brain-vomit. What I find strange is the assumption that the ‘eight men’ brawling just must have been lower class. I’m pretty sure that from a photo of men dressed in suits you cannot really identify their class – unless such suits are just very common when they should be dressed in top hat and tails. Perhaps I’m just showing how lower class and vulgar I am by not being able to engage a proper class radar to determine with any certainty what seems to be so obvious to every Mail hack.

Anyway, Amanda Platell is absolutely certain that such a fight was caused by people who are -irrespective of class she claims – inherently much worse than those with a bit of cash, the trouble is, bemoans Amanda:

The fact is, when you lower your standards, you get a lower standard of person.

I wonder if Amanda might ever wonder about the standards of the tabloid press and the newspaper that she writes for. They have been lowering standards in a race to the bottom for years now in a calculated attempt to get as many of these ‘vulgar’ people as possible to buy their hate-filled propaganda rags. It might seem strange, therefore, for the newspaper that has been appealing to this lower-order through employing ignorant buffoons like Richard Littlejohn and making the Mail website a veritable ode to celebrity-shit-TV-culture to criticise its primary target market. But that’s the great thing about the class system in the UK: we all like to look down on others and we can do this because we consider ourselves a class apart or at least to some extent classless.

So, the poor people who save up their pennies to buy the Mail (or read it for free online) will be looking at these pictures and pointing out that money cannot buy you class. Whilst the middle and upper classes will be looking down and saying isn’t it disgraceful. The readership will not identify with these pictures anymore than they would identify with the obscenely wealthy celebrities that the Mail is so obsessed with, or the council-house single mums with 8 children by 100 different fathers. It’s all just some kind of Victorian freakshow where the audience screams abuse or roars with laughter whilst somehow never catching a reflection of their own lives as they look on.

4 thoughts on “‘A lower standard of person’”

  1. I saw this too and instantly thought that they’ve missed the real point which is that after having a drink some people are just right nobs.

    I’ve been lucky enough to go to Ascot, and the Derby. I’ve watched the boat race, hob-nobbed at Henley and mingled at Twickenham – all what my mum would describe as ‘posh’ events.

    I’ve also worked in working mens clubs, been to Playa de las Americas and attended many many fooball matches. All what my Mum would think of as normal stuff.

    The amount of pissed idiots causing trouble or just being a pain in the arse is directly proportional to the amount of people present and has no bearing on class or money or even dress sense.

    As I said before a small proportion of the population are just nobs, and we all know some.

  2. It is very true that money can’t buy ‘class’ to judge by the very expensive tat they sell in shops like that big department store near Marble Arch or the other one near Knightsbridge tube station.

  3. Quote: It’s all just some kind of Victorian freakshow where the audience screams abuse or roars with laughter whilst somehow never catching a reflection of their own lives as they look on.

    Dear God. Now that’s just depressing. Totally accurate, but depressing nonetheless.

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