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The Establishment [Nov. 1st, 2014|09:37 am]
Tony Grist
So twice now Mrs May has appointed unsuitable people to head the enquiry into historic child abuse- and both have been forced to resign.

Both turned out to be closely associated- in the first instance by blood, in the second by friendship- with people whose behaviour  they would have had to investigate.

It's told us a lot about how we're governed.

It's shown us what a tightly-knit group our rulers are and how ferociously they network.  All those dinners! All that do-gooding! All those favours given and received! Everyone knows everybody else. Kick one of them (Leon Brittan, for instance) and they all limp.

How many times has Fiona Woolf sat down to a meal with the Brittans?  I think it was five times, but I'm not sure- and neither, on the evidence presented, is she.

My favourite bit was when Woolf- who happens to be the reigning Lord Mayor of London- denied being a member of the establishment.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2014-11-01 09:54 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-01 10:07 pm (UTC)
I want a hat like that!
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2014-11-01 12:19 pm (UTC)
How can you have a position like that - and a title, no less! - and NOT be part of 'the establishment'?! What does she think The Establishment IS?

Edited at 2014-11-01 12:20 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-11-01 10:08 pm (UTC)
She seems to be a very silly woman.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-11-02 01:13 am (UTC)
But then, that degree of cognitive disconnect - or intellectual contempt - is a way of life at that eschelon. Witness IDS berating the leeches of society, whilst claiming £30 champagne breakfasts.

And then, of course, we have the current lineup of Cameron, Miliband, and Clegg, all pretty much interchangeable. (Then there's Farage, seemingly a distillate of Cameron)

Not much surprise, perhaps, I wound up joining a political party for the first time in my life, a few months back - the Greens.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2014-11-02 08:15 am (UTC)
Generally if you do some research who the people are who govern you, you notice there's no-one which comes from small man's position. They're all people who served good years to the parties or who've been hanging around in establishment groups which are close to high political circles. This also goes for state secretaries as well as for ambassadors and all the other positions which are not very much talked about but which are important - state secretaries in the departments, for example.
They don't leave anything to the accident.
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