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

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Pain and pus in suburbia.

In the pub a small group of non-rugby fans chatted while most of the punters remained glued to the telly. The talk touched upon parents moving to leafy, expensive suburbs because the schools are good. For "good" read "white". For "poor" read "poor". It's the kind of conversation that I find it difficult to be part of without losing my temper so I was pleased that it was mercifully brief. Back home Michael Mosley's excellent Pain, Pus and Poison concentrated this week on the control of infection and in particular the eradication of smallpox. The dedicated band of workers who set out to inoculate smallpox into the history books had a selfless concern for all children not just their own offspring. A huge gulf of neo-con individualism separates such concern from the narrow interests of today's chattering classes. It was with some delight that I discovered that my own leafy suburb has been given a mention in Crap Towns Returns. Needless to say there has been considerable response from estate agents and suchlike pond life. Here is an example….. "With it's prime location next to the River Thames on one side, Bushy Park on the other, outstanding Ofsted-rated schools, leafy avenues, a buoyant property market and a thriving town centre filled with unique independent shops etc. etc."  I think I had better take one of my tablets and have a lie down!

1 comment:

Dr Llareggub said...

It is natural and virtuous for parents to want the best for their kids, whether education or health. It is not their fault if quality education is so unevenly distributed, and they are obliged to take measures - like moving to a new area- in order to do the best for their kids. That does not make them white supremacists or racists, or neo-con individualists. If people on the left would stop harping on about racism, accusing other working class people of racism - as instructed by the middle class political elite - they might focus on making improvements in education. Bottom line here: with few exceptions, the UK working classes (and the so called lower middle classes) are not racist and attempts to undermine their efforts to cope with life's problems by accusing them of racism merely panders to a left elite for which I have nothing but contempt.