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Melvyn Bragg and his working class roots

By Blog on the Box on Feb 29, 12 05:05 PM

MELVYN Bragg's BBC2 series on class has made for strange viewing.
He's an amiable sort of chap, that's for sure, but he does go on a bit about his working class roots.

His argument is that we are all classless now and it doesn't matter what side of town we came from.

So why does he go on - and on - and on - about his own working class roots?

Next time we will be treated to a visit to his old school in Wigton, Cumbria, which used to be fee-paying, became a grammer, and is now a comprehensive.

We're all equals now, he seemed to be saying, but he still interpreted everything through art.

When you're hungry and jobless, struggling to pay the bill, and have had to sell the car, it's hard to share his world view.

Art becomes an indulgence for those who are better off even if you stretch a point and include the scribblings in Viz as art.

PS: The series is called Melvyn Bragg on Class and Culture. How very posh to give your name to a television programme.

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