Even after the crash Labour dared not speak a word of blame, but this leader was ready to say what you hear outside any school gate, in any pub, on any doorstep. As he berated "fast-buck" traders, something for nothing "predators", "asset strippers", "vested interests", "cosy cartels", "rigged markets" and "Britain's closed circles", here was the answer to what drives Ed Miliband on.How far divorced the experiences of the rich and privileged are from the lives of us ordinary folk. Lady Toynbee and her friends, waiting at the gates of the London Oratory School or St Pauls Girls School in their Vulvo estates, or on the polished marble doorsteps of Highgate and Ham, enjoy a unique insight that's lost to the rest of us.
In the pubs the rest of us use, public contempt and loathing is reserved for politicians, journalists and bankers. At the school gate, resentment and confusion at the £90,000 salary of the mediocre lefty head leading the school to academic failure, and on the doorsteps anger and pain at Labour's poison legacy of immigration and gross economic mismanagement. But we wouldn't expect Lady Toynbee and her Fabian chums to know the views of us ordinary folks, would we?