"Dessert discussion turns to the current credit crunch, and a host attempts to lighten the mood.
"'It's sad that Woolworth's is closing,' he says. 'Where will all the chavs buy their Christmas presents?'
"To Jones' horror, everyone laughs.
"'How has hatred of working-class people become so socially acceptable?' he writes about partygoers who wouldn't countenance homophobia or mocking Pakistanis."
Connie Schultz in the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews Owen Jones's Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class.