It is true that working-class culture has dwindled over the last 30 years. When Margaret Thatcher smashed the trade unions and British industry with them, she also smashed solidarity, community and hope. But those are the values that need to be recaptured if decent living standards are seen as a basic right for us all. Working-class people don’t need a middle class to act as a buffer between them and global elites: they need what they’ve always needed – to get organised and fight back. If working-class people want to resist tyrannical bosses and landlords, they need to represent themselves, not have the middle class speak for them.