Sunday, October 17, 2010

So Much for Equality in the Party of the Working Man

Take a look at the diagram in this article. The entire Labour shadow cabinet seems to consist of current and former lovers, flat-mates or old university buddies. That level of nepotism is the sort of thing you might expect to find in the Albanian Communist Party circa 1970, but this is Her Majesty's Opposition, YOUR shadow cabinet.

I thought Labour was bad enough in the old days, when secret deals were done behind closed doors in smoke-filled rooms, between sallow Northern politicians in flat caps, and sallow Northern trade union leaders in flat caps. At least in those days it still maintained some pretence about representing working-class interests.

It seems that to get ahead in the Labour Party these days, you have to be a metropolitan Londoner, with a degree in PPE from OxBridge (that's Philosophy, Politics and Economics to you, you oik), and come from the well-to-do upper-middle-class. Preferably, you should be the offspring of wealthy East European emigres, or from a well-heeled family of Left-wing intellectuals. Failing that, you could be the niece of Lord Longford with a father who is a Harley Street doctor.

So much for 'the Party of the Working Man'. There is something galling about watching these champagne-soaked Hooray Henries and Henriettas on a mission to save the world. There is something infuriating about the way they deny the existence of objective moral knowledge, while at the same time wagging their fingers at us and lecturing us on appropriate behaviour, thoughts and speech. Something deeply maddening about the way they endlessly drone on about rights and freedom, while passing a mess of ill-thought-out, draconian laws designed to control every aspect of our lives. The way they denigrate the British nation, and yet expand the State to unprecedented levels. The way they squander our money hand over fist, and then laugh in our faces.

It makes an odd kind of sense to find out that they were all sleeping with each other at university, or living in each other's pockets. A very cosy, closed little clique, appointing each other to jobs, in the same way that paedophiles do. If that level of nepotism happened in a Surrey golf-club committee, or in a corporate board-room, these are the very people who would be up in arms about it.


JimmyGiro said...

Nepotism is part and parcel of the human condition, but when running a business or a country, there are extra responsibilities above and beyond one's personal interests.

There is also a catastrophe waiting in the wings for these groups, because they have the same academic background; so much for diversity.

Their "sameness" effectively duplicates any acquired talents, thereby making most of them redundant to each other. Hence, if there is a problem that one cannot solve, it is probably a problem they all cannot solve.

Conversely, any solution that works, will have many 'fathers' and 'mothers', all vying for recognition and kudos.

There is a reason that hierarchies naturally and spontaneously evolve, and that is to break the crippling effects of 'equality'.

A good team would be founded on a diversity of talents, not a universality of departments. Good quiz teams have multiple specialities; good football teams have different skill attributes, like defenders, mid-fielders, and strikers; and a good military group, benefits from multi-disciplines, which in turn, aids greater options in strategy.

Nepotism aids cohesion, yet must not over-rule the needs of talent and diversity.

BrusselsLout said...

Miliband has also promised us hordes of women MPs. One third of all constituencies will have a woman candidate for Labour.

Let's just see the logic of this one:

1. It's fairer because few women candidates would be selected by any other means.

2. Women have great talent, and the only way a constituency can benefit from that talent is to make sure a man isn't chosen.

3. We need people to represent women (considering how many male MPs are ceaselessly and tirelessly standing up for men, no doubt).

Sounds to me like feminists have been at this one. I think Labour have locked themselves out of government for 15 years.

Unless Cameron screws up really badly, Miliband will be another interrim opposition leader.

Richard Ford said...

The most striking thing about the current political situation is how calm it is. The nation seems to have slipped into acceptance that the socialist gravytrain is now over. Even Labour have to go along with the undoing of their own empire or seem to be iresponsible. This efectively removes any reason for the Labour Party to exist- they are simpply a less copitent bunch or retrenchers- real inspiring eh?

It is always tempting to see a hidden hand where none exists but I suspect we are seeing the first shots in a culture war. The coilition are now subsidising science degrees but not economicly useless ones such as sociology. This will gradualy reduce the flow of entitled feminist princesses and champaign socialists demanding government jobs as their birthright.

In efect the coilition is seeking to destroy the liberal ruling class and replace it with a more democratic and eglatarian class of wealth creators.

The cuts are not nearly as savage as commonly assumed. Most people are probably relieved and wondering if the cuts could have gone deeper.

I am hoping that in a year or two Cameron feels sufficently strong to get rid of the Lib Dems, do some real cutting and then call a general election. He will probably win.

BrusselsLout said...

I think the reason we now have decent government is BECAUSE they are in coalition.

Single-party governments have always acted in the interests their party. Whenever there has been a conflict of interest between party and government, it was always the party served -- whether the government was Labour on Conservative.

But two parties in government will put a check on each other. The LibDems are not going to act in the interests of the Conservatives or vice versa. So the country will be better served.

I think David Cameron is the best prime minister we've had in 40 years. BUT. I think it's Nick Clegg that made him. The Conservatives on their own would have been little different from John Major's government. Or worse, Gordon Brown's.

Moreover, we are now seeing some movement away from the horrendous police state initiated by Thatcher and taken up with relish by Blair and Brown. This is, for once, an exciting development.

I believe it's coalition forces that made this happen.

I would like to see coalitions become the norm.