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Sometimes little incidents reveal much more fundamental truths.  This article from the Guardian on Tuesday September 09 which covered some of the fringe meetings at the TUC conference clearly demonstrates just how out of touch many of the New Labour careerists really are:

“One telling anecdote to emerge from the Compass gathering was when David Lammy, the schools minister, discussed his shock at finding one of his mother's pay slips, dated 1986. Lammy's mother, recently deceased, had worked both in the NHS and for London Underground. Going through his mum's things after her death, Lammy learned that her take-home pay 22 years ago was just £900 a month."