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They cannot over-romanticize the old ways, defending a system that was often, in fact, snobbily contemptuous of its public.
Although Heseltine likes to play landed gentry, he was firmly in the self-made league, a fact snobbily pointed out by the late Alan Clark who reported that former Tory chief whip Michael Jopling had described Hezza as the kind of person 'who bought his own furniture'.
When I began my studies in the Victorian period, it carried with it a feeling of being too close to the present for a true perspective--undervalued because not "historical enough"--just as for years, Victorian architecture was snobbily devalued against Georgian (Victorian as vulgar, Georgian as classical).