The thing is, does he know this stuff or just have a tin ear?
The BBC should declare the “social class” of all its presenters and journalists as part of a bid to improve its diversity, Jeremy Corbyn will say today.
The Labour leader will say presenters could be required to supply details about their background, including whether they went to private school and their parent’s occupation and education.
Mr Corbyn will say that the information would then be published as part of a drive to ensure there is “complete transparency” for “all creators of BBC content”.
That concern about social origins. Most, most, Soviet. Children of landlords or priests might be – and were – denied university. Those of proletarians offered scholarships. Only different in detail from the fascists and their worries about Jewish grandmothers. And that’s before we get to Soviet anti-semitism (I have all of that from the horse’s mouth, having “Jew” on the nationality line of your passport was not an aid in the USSR).
Still, will be interesting when such demands reach The Guardian. That’s Polly done for, gg grandaughter of a landed Earl. And is there anyone at all there we wouldn’d describe as haute bourgoisie ?