Owen Jones: Philip Green is an upper-class Jewish tax exile on a night bus
Owen Jones is talking about “The appalling Philip Green” in the Guardian. to Jones, Green is one of the “elite” who epitomises “broken Britain”.
Green’s testimony to the parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of British Home Stores was a crude, depressing but revealing insight into the psychology and workings of the upper reaches of British society.
Green might come across as a greedy bastard – he could well be one – but to claim him as a member of the upper reaches of British society is pushing it. Green is a Jew (and we know how much the aristocrats love Jews (clue: they don’t)). When he was 12, Green’s father dad died. Green left school at 15. Though from middle-class money, Green is not one of the British upper-class elite.
He oozed open contempt for the MPs questioning him. “Sir, do you mind not looking at me like that all the time, it’s really disturbing,” he snapped at a Tory MP, like a drunk spoiling for a fight on a night bus.
More bullyboy then Bullingdon boy, then. But the confusion over what Green is is nothing to Jones’ grasp on the the system he decries:
And here he has a point. No, “the system” doesn’t compel the likes of Green to behave as they do; “the system” didn’t put a gun to his head and force him to become a tax exile…
Green is not a tax exile.