Tony Judt took this as the title for his final book. It is a reference to a society where some prosper while their neighbours rot. I was so pleased to hear David Milliband echo those sentiments. In saying 'I do not want to live in a society where we can pretend we enjoy the good life while our neighbours lose their life chances' he makes that very point.
If we continue to portray the poor as the architects of their own misfortune, and allow that to be a justification to further stigmatise and marginalise then we are all damaged. From the top to the bottom.
We are in this together. Ill fares the land where we fail to understand what that truly means.