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Aristocracy [Jul. 15th, 2014|11:30 am]
Tony Grist
Butler-Sloss has stood down from the Abuse Inquiry and quite right too.

And her successor? Trouble is the establishment can't imagine employing anyone in a role like this who wasn't at school with them- or their sisters- or who doesn't attend their parties. This isn't a dig at the establishment we have at the moment- ghastly though it is- because all establishments are much the same- inward looking, defensive, nepotistic- held together by patronage, intermarriage and money. There are, no doubt, wonderfully capable public servants in places like Rotherham and Carlisle who could do the Sloss job admirably but they don't enter into the reckoning because May and Cameron and their Whitehall mandarins won't ever have heard of them.

We have a political system whereby high office runs in families and clans. Sloss, for example, is the daughter of a High Court Judge and the sister of a former Lord Chancellor. The name for this way of managing things- though we're shy of applying it to ourselves-  is aristocracy.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2014-07-15 11:49 am (UTC)
I hate to say it - but welcome to Ireland.

That's the way things have always been done here. And it's even more blatant. The problem is we got rid of our aristocracy and in its place installed a layer of builders, sniggerers, priesteens and chancers.

That said, looks as if your aristocracy are not doing a great job either. When I read about Savile, etc I kept thinking - but that's us, that's the stuff we do, British people don't do that. I still can't get my head around it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-15 12:54 pm (UTC)
Prince Charles has yet to give us an account of his friendship with Savile.

Ditto Prince Philip.

Savile seems to have been on intimate terms with anyone in Britain who had any power or influence. I believe there's still a great deal to be revealed.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2014-07-15 10:00 pm (UTC)
Too right.
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From: cmcmck
2014-07-15 12:20 pm (UTC)
A bas les aristos!

Les aristos a la lanterne!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-15 12:51 pm (UTC)
One of my favourite songs.
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From: cmcmck
2014-07-15 01:00 pm (UTC)
Well, you know me, common as muck, but educated and politically aware.

The Tories really hate people like me! :o)
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2014-07-15 04:19 pm (UTC)
The U.S. is heading that way.... if it isn't already there. No... it's already there....
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2014-07-15 10:04 pm (UTC)
I think they think that whoever heads this thing has to be a senior judge. All of whom are by definition members of The Establishment. It's going to be hard to find anyone who is not involved at one remove. Havers was mentioned by Tory activist whistleblower Anthony Gilberthorpe. ( I think I got the name right.)
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