…the question remains: why do too many people on the right keep being caught out expressing such views? What to make of this seemingly visceral disgust at the idea of poor people breeding…
That it’s actually a prevailing opinion outside the rarefied atmosphere of the ‘Guardian’ offices?
…essentially it is rooted in class prejudice. The grim unspoken assumption is that poorer people’s kids won’t be as bright or productive as middle-class children, and that these “wasters” (pace Bradley) will not only burden taxpayers but weaken society more generally.
And that assumption is proved correct time and time again, Gaby. As your readers have battled through the moderators’ defences to tell you:
I wonder how long those comments lasted? And who picked that one for ‘Guardian Comment’..?!