The October issue of Hackney Today, the Hackney Council propaganda sheet, lands on my doorstep.
It contains the usual Hackney People feature, which this month features Hackney actor Hywel John. He is behind the play Joe/Boy, a two part upcoming feature at The Last Refuge theatre in Peckham Rye. The play was commissioned in response to Owen Jones' book "Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class."
I am not sure Hywel John really gets class, which perhaps makes a play by him on the subject, whether inspired by Owen Jones or not, rather redundant. To quote from Hackney Today:
"Although admitting he went to public school himself, Hwyel adds "I'm not a massive fan of the traditional working and middle class thing, I think they are meaningless, especially in places around here where everyone is trying to get by".
I have not seen Hywel John act, but all I can hear in that quote is someone saying 'we're all in this together' in a very posh voice. Class may be meaningless to you Hwyel, as you 'struggle' to get by, but it is not to millions of other people.
Who do you think is buying those new build properties going up all around us in Hackney, Hywel? Judging by the prices in estate agents windows, they are not bought by people 'struggling to get by'. For many Hackney residents though, those properties may as well be on the moon.