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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 46 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 22, Long-scorned British middle class fighting back LONDON (Reutcr) The middle class, one of the most scorned and bitterly attacked social groups in the Western world, is rising up in righteous fury. And what better place for .the middle class to raise the banners of counter-revolution than in Britain, which claims to have invented that par- ticular social group. Only a decade ago, social commentators here dismissed class as a thing of the past, and experts became used to comparing the similarities of the two main political parties. Yet politics in Britain now arc back in the grip of outright and sometimes bitter class conflict. Against this background, the British middle class has decided to fight back. Its members have become more militant and have even gone on strike. They fire propaganda broadsides in the news media and attempts have even been made to form a "middle-class party." The increasing expression of middle class fears in the media intensified recently with a string of letters to the London Times following a Times editorial en- titled The Anger of The Mid- dle Class. The Times made it clear that it agreed with what it called the middle-class revolt. DEFINES MIDDLE CLASS The middle class organizes the country, said the editorial. Middle class man, as he tries to improve himself, "is in fact helping to pull the coach of society." And the middle class concern for its children's education "is a great advantage to their children, and through their children, to society." One threat felt by Britain's middle class is the recent growth of the left-wing of the governing Labor party. Left- wing government ministers such as Industry Secretary Tony Benn are attacked con- stantly in the media and by employers and business groups. Behind the labor left wingers are the powerful trade unions, traditional bulwarks of the working class. And a great middle-class terror is that the unions will press relentlessly with pay de- mand and push up inflation, causing chaos in society. Even Prime Minister Harold Wilson apparently has become worried and appealed for an end to the policy of "big his favorite ex- pression for pressure groups, including unions. The Times editorial also re- flected these fears, talking of middle-class ambitions of bet- terment for oneself and one's children. "These normal ambitions are opposed by powerful it said. The paper said: "The danger is that the two halves of society, the professional and administrative and the manual, the salary earner and the wage earner, will build up a natural resentment which denies' their ultimate dependence on each other." In a letter to the Times, one David Thompson of Sussex wrote: "It is refreshing to see the virtues of middle-class morality applauded to offset the post-war fashion to denigrate it entirely." And one Vincent Cronin, writing from London, said the editorial expressed "what I, for one, have been feeling." On the other hand, some of -the revolt of the middle class has taken on the form of join- ing trade unions or adopting their methods. Professional groups like air- line pilots and teachers have become more militant, and senior hospital doctors currently refuse to work their usual long hours because of a wage and hour dispute with authorities. Britain's third main political party, the Liberals, last year made a spirited revival and appealed for an end to class divisions, which it saw reflected in the Conser- vative and Labor parties. But the Liberals were crushed in the October elections. Several attempts have been made to start "middle-class" parties, but so far they have not been taken seriously. Conservative parliamen- tarian John Gorst announced he was founding a "Middle Class but was denounced by.retired naval of- ficer Rupert Coding, self- proclaimed leader of the Mid- dle Class party formed last September. "I suggest to you right here and now that you have witting- ly or possibly unwittingly at- tempted to steal or crib my official party, rather like a Coding wrote to Gorst. Values Effective In Lethbridge Jan. 22-25, 1975 Sales In fleUi! Quaniilijs Only! Serving Suggestion Boiling Fowl Frozen Cut Up Tray Pick Ib. WIENERS Pork Chops Government Inspected Family Pack Gainers Skinless 1 Ib. Vac Pak Pkg. SPECIAL Ib. Pork Shoulder WHITE FISH Whole, Dressed, Frozen SPECIAL ..................................Ib. I vB vi Picnic Style Roast Government Inspected SPECIAL SPARERIBS Government Inspected Pork SPECIAL Ib. 1 Pop 'N Yarn QUALITY IS FIRST AT SAFEWAY! GROUND COFFEE DRINK CRYSTALS BAGS FRESH YOGURT FABRIC SOFTENER 3 100% Acrylic Shrink Resistant, Moth Proof, Machine Washable. Assorted Cdldrs 4 oz. Net Wt. Skein Copyright 1960, Canada Safeway Limited SHOP WITH ;