What is the political meaning of "Look Back in Anger?"
Jimmy Porter was an angry man. His politics were parallel to many of the people of England in 1956. He would constantly gripe and preach about the “establishment” and the “elite” being in positions of power. The politics according to Jimmy was about the
“class system, with its built-in preferential treatment for those at the top and exclusion from all power for those at the bottom, that makes Jimmy's existence seem so meaningless. He has a university degree, but it is not from the “right” university. It is Nigel, the “straight-backed, chinless wonder” who went to Sandhurst, who is stupid and insensitive to the needs of others, who has no beliefs of his own, who is already a Member of Parliament, who will “make it to the top.”
The working class was in the middle of a struggle to take over the leadership from the entitled families in England. This was during the Hitler era and many people were frightened about what was going to happen.
“Jimmy says, ‘If the big bang does come, and we all get killed off, it won't be in aid of the old-fashioned, grand design. It'll just be for the Brave New-noting-very-much-thank-you, about as pointless and inglorious as stepping in front of a bus.’”