“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Will the real party of aspiration please stand up.

So which is the party of aspiration, Labour or Tory? More to the point, who gives a shit anyway? Cameron and Brown can huff and puff about aspiration as much as they like but I doubt if anyone apart from media hacks and fellow politicians will take much notice. Aspiration toward what? Home ownership? A second home? A third property? (it's a pension) Private schools for the kids? (well, you want the best for them don't you?) A boat on the drive? New 4x4? The labour movement was never opposed to aspiration. Education was always valued but it was assumed that if you managed to climb up the ladder a bit you might aspire to reach down and offer a hand up to the rest of us. I suspect that aspirations of that nature are considered to be totally risible by Cameron, Brown and the entire front bench of both parties.

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