“I grew up in South London. If someone was rude to you, you were rude back to them. I didn’t go to Eton and get all that smarmy charming education”. (Clip can be heard here.)
This was Ken Livingstone talking about the comments he’d made earlier in the day about the Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces Kevan Jones (the son of a miner, educated in a comprehensive school and Newcastle Polytechnic) .
I feel that Livingstone’s parents would be deeply upset if they thought that their son hadn’t learn the old fashioned working class virtues of decency and respect.