"That brief period between 1917 and 1979, when British wealth, trembling in fear of revolution, ceded some power, opportunity and money to the working classes is over. There is now no politics to express or admit the enormity of what has happened since the 1980s – how wealth and human respect drained from the bottom to enrich and glorify the top."
Polly Toynbee. Gdn 14.7.11
(Via my dad.)
I don't always like Toynbee but that quote is spot on.