With this story, everything falls into place:
Disturbing reports have emerged that Gordon Brown is rude to his secretaries — or garden girls, as they are known inside Downing Street. He is said to shout at them abusively. On one occasion he is reported to have impatiently turfed one of the girls out of her chair and sat down to use the keyboard himself.
All recent prime ministers — Thatcher, Major, Blair — were loved by the garden girls. All recent prime ministers from time to time endured problems. Only Gordon Brown has vented his frustration on secretaries, who can never answer back or speak for themselves.
Yes, Gordon Brown hates the working class. This explains so much: his kneejerk illiberalism; his appointment, within hours of becoming PM, of the class warrior Digby Jones as a minister; his preference to fund the Labour party by bribes from rich men rather than from mass small donations; his desire to exclude Labour members from decision-making and his reliance instead upon a small cabal of advisors; and his refusal to even consider any collective empowerment of working people in the workplace.
There's also his endless talk of increasing the skills of the workforce, as if workers should be moulded to meet the requirements of capital rather than vice versa.
And we can read his belief in the importance of aspirations as a desire that people leave the working class, and by extension a contempt for those workers who are content to stay in their place. Could it be that Brown's rudeness to secretaries - which, I suspect, is not matched by a rudeness to his millionaire friends - is founded on the belief that their failure to "advance" in a meritocratic society indicates their inferior moral worth?