Usually if you start spouting off about 'the state' and 'class interests', people's eyes glass over and you're dismissed as a doctrinaire loony. Then every once in a while a story comes along to remind us exactly of what's what in society - this morning there's two:
Ray's got in there first on The Cruddas Affair - Tory chairman caught red-handed flogging lobbying access to 'Lord Snooty' Cameron himself. The only surprise is that business interests had to pay at all - although presumably big businesses, like the ones engaged in the Workfare scandal, have their own direct hot-line anyway.
And then there's the news that the army are being trained up to take over from UNITE tanker drivers who have balloted to strike over the bank holiday. Of course the British Army - often smugly seen as superior to the military in those dodgy countries who dabble in politics - has a long and ignoble history of intervening in 'trade disputes' on the side of employers.
Maybe the loonies aren't quite so marginalised after all ...