First Time as Tragedy...
Possible epigraph for the new book:
...But inside it there is a special vision of the system that is being opposed: an influential view, right through to the labour governments of the sixties, which has now shown its inadequacy. The old system, with its aristocratic and parvenu stupidities, is seen as a top layer, to be replaced with 'new blood, new men, new ideas'. The spread of the middle-class is seen as having made the old class analysis almost obsolete, and the working class anyway is believed to be rapidly acquiring middle-class habits and ideas. The ruling class is seen as having become mere owners, their work done for them by managers and technicians. All that is then needed, it seems, is for the decent members of the family - middle-class and working-class alike - to get rid of the outdated old fools in charge.
Trumpets around the walls of the Barbican. Trumpets turning into penny whistles and then, reflected in the new shining glass, suddenly and surprisingly accompanied by a respectful and celebratory choir.'
Raymond Williams, Orwell (1971)