Why aren't we more angry? Why isn't blood running, metaphorically at least, in the streets?Because we're not all bitter socialists. Next!
But top pay also suggests political failure, particularly on the left. To put it crudely, why can't leftwing parties harness middle-class anger against the super-rich?Because you can never win (for long) with spite and envy. Next!
Oh, he's all finished with the questions, and on to the statements of fact:Ah, yes! Ed Miliband! Well, there's another answer to your second question, Peter, eh..?
This generation of the middle classes has internalised the values of individualist aspiration, as zealously propagated by Tony Blair as by Margaret Thatcher. It does not look to the application of social justice to improve its lot. It expects to rely on its own efforts to get ahead and, crucially, to maintain its position.*GASP* How awful...
But as the super-rich stretch further ahead, appropriating, with the assistance of a Conservative-led government, ever increasing proportions of national resources, Ed Miliband and Labour have the opportunity to build a new cross-class consensus for a more equal society.