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Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott got into trouble with a loose twit where she said ”White people love playing ‘divide & rule #tacticasoldascolonialism” in response to criticism of the use of black community leaders in the coverage of the trial Stephen Lawrence murder trial. She predictably got assailed by all sides in response, eventually forced to back down after receiving a public telling off from her leader Ed Miliband. Her ludicrous defense that she was solely referring to imperial tactics in the former British Empire didn’t help matters as the tweet was clearly comparing the situation today with British tactics in places like the Caribbean and Africa where (for example) Indians often became hate figures amongst local populations due to their prevalence in the imperial civil service.

The irony is that her crude generalization of white people is an example of the successful divide and rule tactics used by the governing classes since the mid-sixties.

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In this morning’s Guardian Maurice Glassman the intellectual “Guru” behind Blue Labour was decrying the fact that there are top few politicians from a working class background in today’s Labour party. Glassman was making his lament whilst speaking in support of the Labour diversity fund (LDF). A fund designed to help Labour candidates from less affluent backgrounds cope with the costs of running for office.

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