Spotted in Camden:
Is this perhaps ironic, in the spirit of The Young Ones' appalling Rick - the People's Poet?
I fear not. And I can think of someone else with initials JC...
Meanwhile, there's some controversy [Times, £] over Jeremy's claim that he's not rich, despite pulling in a £138,000 salary:
The Labour leader told an audience in Edinburgh he wanted to fight against the elitism which, he claimed, made it appear as if only the wealthy could enjoy so-called ‘highbrow’ culture.
He said that he had a deep affection for the work of Mahler and liked other “pretty heavy classical music” — and believed this should be available to all.
“I hate the elitism [that says] only the wealthy can go to ballet, only the wealthy can go to opera, only the wealthy can go to Glyndebourne, only the wealthy can enjoy what’s termed highbrow music,” he said.
“I don’t consider myself highbrow or wealthy, but I still enjoy some aspects of classical music. I want everybody to have that attitude and that same experience.”
The Labour leader was at pains to stress that he did not discriminate against other forms. “I do enjoy Mahler, but I recognise that there is lots of other music — brass band music,” he said.
Mr Corbyn earns a little less than £75,000 a year as an MP but is also entitled to an additional £63,000 as leader of the opposition, giving a total of almost £138,000. The average UK gross salary last year was £27,500.
After 33 years in parliament, Mr Corbyn, 67, is also in line for a final salary pension worth about £50,000 a year, and already receives a state pension of £6,000 a year. He owns a £600,000 house in London.
His remarks caused surprise. An SNP spokesman said: “People listening to Jeremy Corbyn will be very surprised to hear him declaring that his six-figure salary does not make him wealthy. This is another example of how out of touch Labour is with Scottish voters.”
I love that "brass band music". He could've picked any number of non-classical musics, but brass bands just have that requisite earnest working class pedigree, unsullied by a rapacious music industry.
What gets me, even more than the absurd hypocrisy over his wealth, is this trite man-of-the-people stuff he comes out with. Who's stopping the poor from listening to Mahler? Do you have to show your bank balance over the counter before purchasing a CD of Das Lied von der Erde? What does he plan to do about it all anyway? Subsidise Covent Garden and Glyndebourne so that tickets cost a fiver apiece? Is that really a good way to spend tax money? Maybe working people don't feel particularly deprived on not being offered cheap tickets to listen to five hours of Tristan and Isolde.
If he wants to discuss the problem and make some concrete proposals for a change, he could suggest that subsidies to opera and classical music should be increased. That wouldn't have much appeal for his supposed working class audience though. It would seem, on the contrary, to be very much a sop to the upper and middle classes. Or, on the other hand, he could propose that subsidies to all these elitist art-forms should be cut completely. That might be a populist move. But he doesn't want to be accused of being anti-culture. So he ignores the problem, and just comes out with his usual feel-good pabulum - which has always served him well in the past because till now he's never been within a million miles of power.
It's all just boilerplate, though. It doesn't mean anything apart from signalling what a great People's Champ he is.
But yes, this relentless virtue-signalling does seem to work with a surprising number of people...