This is one of the grotesque periods in modern political British history.
Am I being a bit over the top? Well consider the following: The rallying cry of this government from its offset has been to proclaim that “we’re all in this together” as it begins to dismantle the British welfare state, the NHS and state education all under the cover of paying off the deficit. These white, very wealthy males (and all but a few of them fall into this category) have rarely, if ever, depended on the state for anything and so therefore have very little understanding of the value of the state. This makes them the exception rather than the rule. To watch David Cameron on the Andrew Marr show yesterday still repeating the lie of “we’re all in this together” is absolutely grotesque.
Too many members of this government share the same very narrow background of public/private school and Oxbridge university and this is why I feel that in order to prevent such a government achieving power again it is time that ‘public’ (really?) and private education needs to be banned once and for all. Do the children of relatively wealthy parents deserve better education than others? Surely the answer has to be no. It merely leads to elitism, something this government displays in its cavalier attitude during every parliamentary debate. Public schools are notorious for promoting the “born to lead” scenario and this has no place in a democracy; it bears more relation to feudalism. Furthermore how can equality of opportunity ever flourish while these institutions still remain, making a mockery of the whole concept.
I truly hope that this government is an anomaly and that Cameron and his ilk will soon be consigned to the dustbin of history, but unfortunately this is very much a British government and could genuinely only happen here. By holding on to such remnants of the past like the Royal family, the House of Lords, public schools, Oxbridge etc, we remain captives of our history and are doomed to keep making the same mistakes over and over, all the time expecting different results. This is one of the definitions of insanity. Is it about time we stopped?