2 Miilk floats are slow-moving electric-powered vehicles which deliver milk to homes in the early morning in Great Britain. Their mention here clearly identifies the subject's location.
3 Painting can reflect, enhance or completely change/disguise the scene (or truth). The implication here is politically motivated distortion.
4 Blue is the colour of the Conservative Party, Britain's leading right-wing political party.
5 The Sun is a 'tabloid' populist newspaper with a reputation for simultaneously appealing to the masses with sexual titillation and promoting right-wing politics.
6 A letterbox is a shuttered opening in a home's front door through which post and, here, newspapers may be delivered. Some children in Britain are employed to deliver newspapers to homes at around the same time in the early mornings as milk floats deliver milk.
7 As opposed to the well-known English literary reference point "Paradise Lost", by poet John Milton (1608-74), first published 7 years before his death.
8 Those on the political right-wing often portray their own views as common sense or simply the truth. The confusion between 'right' meaning 'the opposite of left' and 'right' meaning 'correct' compounds this in the term 'right-thinking'.
9 'State' is deliberately ambiguous: 'condition' or 'nation'.
10 'Fete' and 'fate' are homonyms i.e while spelt differently and having different meanings, their pronunciation is the same. A school fete is a fund-raising event featuring often traditional entertainments. The spelling 'fate' is used here to emphasise the deliberate ambiguity.
11 'Anonymous Invisible' is a traditional Christian hymn (a type of song traditionally sung in churches). The church (and its accompanying hall for religious and other social functions) is traditionally central to English village life. 'We have God on our side' is a pseudo-justification often used by the political right-wing.
12 Peer pressure is a feature of all human societies. In the 1960s & 1970s particularly, the concept of competition with neighbours in terms of shows of affluence was encapsulated in the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses". 'Etiquette' is an often unwritten code to expectations of social behaviour. Thus the mocking suggestion is made here that competitive displays of wealth have become not only accepted but also expected and valued behaviour.
13 The Six O'Clock News on the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has for decades remained the standard current affairs television programme watched by the English middle & upper classes (amongst others!) arriving home in the early evening after work.
14 The impression often gained from TV news is that most of the world's tragedies and disasters occur in distant lands - which, to those with a particularly parochial view of the world, make them largely irrelevant.
15 The punk-rock inspired views of rebellious adolescents in England.
16 'Mould' is deliberately ambiguous; a container which determines the ultimate shape of something (or here, of the writer), or a undesirable & unattractive furry growth of fungi occurring on the surface of organic matter...........
Orchestral feel with strings and timpani prominent. Orchestral punk?
blue skies4, the Sun5 shines in through your letterbox6
in upholstered views, in dignified righteousness,
at home the pristine state9,
the Six O'clock News on BBC13.
shall I find as I grow old that I've inherited your mould?16