For instance, these two chaps spotted at the Tory conference this week scream everything about their Party that the leadership is vainly denying: that they're all spoiled rich toffs with no understanding of the electorate's daily lives:
I believe the term for these chaps is 'cad'.
Meanwhile, how's this for a national dismissal?
'…you had better give up hope of books from England, for they care very little for them here'.(Poggio Bracciolini, 1420)
Apart from having a government which is gleefully closing libraries, I don't think it's true any more.