Saturday, January 02, 2010

Don't play Eton class game, says headmaster.

Cameron's Tory party have made it very clear that they want to look after those who are already well off and to make those who rely on public services pay the price for the economic crisis produced by the bankers.

But, if one points this out, one is accused of playing "the class card."

Likewise, if one points out that the current shadow cabinet contains more Eton educated politicians than any other shadow cabinet in recent history, one is also accused of playing the class card.

To this end, the head of Eton has stepped into the public to decry such accusations.

Tony Little, who has been head of the £9,617-a-term school for seven years has criticised politicians who have used its name to score points. "Depending on where you stand, [Eton] can mean a whole variety of different things. What we focus on is simply doing the best in making the school as good as it can be for as many people as we can," he said.
So it is now considered bad form to point out the bloody obvious, that Eton is the most exclusive school in Britain and is, largely, where this country's most privileged citizens send their sons.

It is now considered "class war" to even point that out.

Don't get me wrong. I am not arguing that well educated people should not run for public office, but I do wonder - as I see a Tory party eager to push cuts in public services - whether they would pursue these same polices if any of them came from an underprivileged background.

What do this current shadow cabinet know about life in the schemes? And why are they so keen to make the underprivileged pay the price for a crisis brought about by some of the most well rewarded in the workforce?

It could be argued that it is their very ignorance of what life is like for many Brits, an ignorance brought about by the very privileged background which Cameron and his cabinet have enjoyed, which allows them to so casually propose cuts in services which the very poorest members of our society rely on.

But, we are now being told that even to raise that subject is to engage in "class war."

Having enjoyed every advantage that it is possible to enjoy in British society, the Tories are now crying that it is unfair - and unjustly punishing of them - to even note this point.

It is, according to the Tories, only "fair" that we all pretend that they have never enjoyed any social advantages and that they have had a very similar background to the rest of us.

The truth itself - and facts - are now considered "unfair" if mentioned.

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Anonymous said...

Power through priveledge and education absenet of wisdom, empathy, compassion and enlightenment has created the society that you have before you.
The exisitng social conditions and expectations within Eton only help to perpetuate and sustain the ills of your society: intolerance; disconnect; judgement; condemnation; blame and inequality. There is so much to be learned but all that are being taught are the wrong things. One can only hope the school of life can do its job and teach what is not being learned in school. After all, this is the real purpose of living. learning how to be human.

Kel said...

I agree. Sadly, though, the social circles they move in once they leave Eton are just as socially exclusive as the school itself.