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

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Public school/Oxbridge elite rule country shock.

The stats of inequality always make for sobering and sometimes shocking reading. Ever since I first started to take an interest in politics I have been digesting statistics about the percentage of global wealth owned by a tiny minority of the population. Now the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission have published a report detailing the social and financial advantages of attending private school and Oxbridge. 71% of senior judges, 62% of top army posts, 47% of newspaper columnists, 44% of the Sunday Times Rich List, 35% of Cameron's Cabinet, were all educated privately. But surely this is not a surprise. If there were not such huge advantages to a private education no one would pay the fees.  What is surprising is the numbers of working class people who by hard work and determination manage to break through and reach high standards of personal academic achievement. Some remember where they came from and devote much energy to giving others a hand up - others do not. At the end of the day inequality of opportunity means the loss to society of a huge reservoir of talent and the sad loss of personal fulfilment for countless millions. But we all know this. What we need is not the likes of Owen Jones foaming at the mouth and jerking himself off over the stats of inequality but a vision of what an alternative might look like and how to get to there from here.


gitane said...

"Foaming at the mouth and jerking himself off" lovely. Bit of a Johnny come lately to the elite analysis.Class War have been banging on about this for 30 fucking yrs.

Dr Llareggub said...

Class War, Old Labour,the Trots, the Left, have been on about it for years. Sociological analysis of such inequality is covered in standard GCSE courses. But we get the same tripe -highly censored by Class War - from all of them.Owen Jones is a Johnny come lately but Class War stands for every thing he mouths. None of them will consider that the Left - not just the Labour Party millionaires- does not represent or work for working men and women. Time the class dumped the Left. Just look at Class War, they suck up to conservative Islam, breathe the intellectual gas from the Guardian, Mirror and BBC, and of late never question the issues and causes that the media offer them as left objectives. Time to tell the left to fuck off - working people will have to fight the rich and privileged without their interference. It might be worth arguing this with some of the left zombies when they trundle up to Rotherham to support the 'good' pedophiles, in contrast to the 'bad' tory pedophiles. The left, with its selectivity and censorship, makes me sick.