Read my book Hard Work – all about crossing the class line. I have never, ever pretended to be anything other than what I am, from a family of middle class academics and writers, and lucky.
Toynbee took whatever jobs she could find, often offered for less than the official minimum wage.Living on an estate in Clapham, she started from scratch and found that if she were truly unemployed, she would not even be able to afford a new job, and that faced with starvation, it\’s impossible not to sink into debt. In this powerful and compelling book, Polly Toynbee journeys to the inside of Britain today and uncovers that world which is invisible to most. This is a damning portrait of social justice in Britain.
So, umm, Polly is using the book she wrote about pretending to be poor to insist that she has never pretended to be anything other than lucky and comfortably middle class?
That really is, umm, well, I struggle to think of the appropriate phrase to describe it. \”Very Polly\” perhaps?