The More Things Change – – –

Back in the early 1900’s one George Bernard Shaw wrote a stage play about language and societal class.

One of the characters was an unrepentant ne’erdowell, Alfred Doolittle.

Here in Australia, after a decade of deliberate ‘wage restraint’ (The slaves are given too much) and increasing profits (We deserve it because we own the company) has led to the working poor. Alfred was a step below that.

Everyone knows that the world is divided into two groups. The deservedly rich and the undeserving poor. And those who espoused the mythical Middle Class Morality have all disappeared down the financial gurgler to become a part of the undeserving poor!

George Bernard Shaw used the character of Alfred Doolittle to sum it up very well!

“I’m one of the undeserving poor: that’s what I am. Think of what that means to a man.

It means that he’s up agen middle class morality all the time. If there’s anything going, and I put in for a bit of it, it’s always the same story: “You’re undeserving; so you can’t have it.”

But my needs is as great as the most deserving widow’s that ever got money out of six different charities in one week for the death of the same husband.

I don’t need less than a deserving man: I need more. I don’t eat less hearty than him; and I drink a lot more. I want a bit of amusement, cause I’m a thinking man. I want cheerfulness and a song and a band when I feel low. Well, they charge me just the same for everything as they charge the deserving.

What is middle class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything.”

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