Saturday, 17 July 2010

Working Class Victim or Just Plain Evil?

Like most people who were shocked at the gun spree of Raoul Moat, and like the Prime Minister, I am sickened at the setting up of a Facebook tribute (twice) to this thug, rapist and murderer. What I want to ask here is: why do people want to pay tribute to a man who has committed such heinous deeds? George Galloway, ex- MP, offered this explanation, quoted by the BBC:
He said: "I think it is a cry from the heart from poor, white, working class, unemployed people who are drifting on to dangerous shores.
"They hate the government, they hate the police, they hate society and feel left behind."
While I accept that many people who belong to what was once described by sociologists (do we still have any?) as "the unskilled working class", may feel abandoned, this does not explain (still less excuse) Moat's murder of an innocent man, blinding of a police officer, or Moat's well-documented abuse of women. Evil deeds are evil deeds, and to try to justify them in neo-Marxist terms is totally reprehensible.


  1. It's an insult to ordinary, decent working class people (whether or not the term is much used any more) to imply that their class will make them more likely to condone horrendous crime. In fact, to think that way is a very old-fashioned upper middle class attitude, which is strange considering how George Galloway views himself politically.

    The truth is much simpler: the small minority who subscribe to such Facebook pages have a sick sense of humour and seek bogus rebellious cred. "It's only a laugh ..." is the cover for many heartless cruelties.

  2. I invited Mr Galloway to reply to my comments, emailing his office. Strangely, there has been no reply.

  3. I never liked the steroid dropping hardman bouncer types that we see today. They are not like the doormen of yesteryear ! Society has produced this species, thank God I do not come into contact with them .