There once as a time when you can guarantee that the good old fashioned socialist working class politicos would have beer and sandwiches when they had something to discuss. I'm not sure what they would have in the sandwiches mind you, cucumber perhaps? Beer and sandwiches was of course kicked out of the door when Prescott said "we're all middle class now" and New Labour appeared.
Now it appears to have been replaced, according to Margaret Hodge at least, by coffee and biscuits. Apparently she said that the solution to making white working class people not feel shelved out by the complete failure of multiculturalism is for them to go to her office and have a biccy with a coffee.
Is there possibly anything quite so patronising as the thought that someone's problems and concerns about their identity and place in a community can be solved with a coffee and a custard cream with Sister Hodge?