Although she has received a doing from The Devil's Kitchen, I find myself in agreement with every word that Polly Toynbee writes in this piece; until, of course, she starts talking about Sweden. When Polly gets Snorri, everyone gets snorey.
She writes of the Conservatives 'merrily defending the aspirations of the rich'; she was absolutely correct.
The desire to better oneself is now the privilege of those on the winning side of the global labour arbitrage; to deny that fact is to deny reality. The fascistic process of 'reproletarianisation' which has been enacted upon the English speaking peoples since the end of the Cold War, the state of affairs that kept the English speaking elites in check, has made the ideology of aspiration redundant.
In our country now, only the rich can have aspirations; or the favoured. It's almost as if a wormhole has opened up, and we've gone back in time 200 years...