If there's anyone stupid enough to still believe the Labour party is the party of the working class, Darling's Pre-Budget Report should have disabused them of this moronic illusion.
He's announced a £1bn a year cut in inheritance tax. In a glorious example of newspeak, this was described in a chapter (pdf) of the report called "fairness and opportunity for all." Contrast this with three things:
1. Taxes on ordinary workers. In a couple of years' time, workers without children earning less than £300 a week will pay more tax than someone inheriting up to £700,000. 1.9 million workers face a marginal withdrawal rate of 60% or more.
2. Cuts in some parts of adult education funding. Darling is helping those who drop out of the right womb and wait for their parents to die, at the expense of those who want to pursue self-improvement through education. How much of a betrayal of Labour's traditions is that?
3. The weaselly way in which asylum is being denied to many Iraqis who have worked for the British army, in effect condeming them to death. The message here is that of the cruellest 19th century factory-owner - that workers are to be cast aside to die horribly the moment they have ceased to be useful.
How can anyone who considers themselves on the Left remain in such a party?