As the comrades gather in Manchester for the annual Labour Party conference, we can expect lots of attacks on “Tory toffs”. Ed Miliband and his chums will trot out all the usual lines about Old Etonians and the Bullingdon Club and no speech will be complete without some barbed reference to Andrew Mitchell. It will be exactly like listening to a bunch of Left-wing comedians on Radio 4. (Actually, better just make that “comedians” because no Right-wing comic has ever appeared on Radio 4.)
Witnessing this outpouring of class hatred, you could be forgiven for thinking that most senior Labour politicians don’t have two pennies to rub together – “Proud to be Plebs”, as their badges will proclaim.
In fact, they’re just as rich as their Tory counterparts. Tony Blair reportedly earned £20 million last year from advising foreign governments and multi-national corporations, taking his net worth above £80 million, and Gordon Brown now charges £70,000 for an after-dinner speech. (To read more, click here.)