February 24th, 2014

Government of the Etonians, by the Etonians for the Etonians

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The FT has a great spot this morning:

“There are six people writing the manifesto and five of them went to Eton; the other went to St Paul’s,” one Conservative MP in a marginal constituency told the Financial Times. A senior minister said the make-up of the prime minister’s team was a bad advertisement for social mobility.

The authors of the next Tory manifesto are, according to the FT; Cameron himself, Jo Johnson, Ed Llewellyn, Dave’s old school friend and chief of staff; Oliver Letwin, minister for government policy and Rupert Harrison. The male-only team are all former Etonians, except in a nod to social mobility George Osborne, who was educated at St Paul’s in London, has been allowed to join the Eton Fives team. Floreat Etona!


134 Comments

  1. 1
    C.O.Jones says:

    Excellent schools!

    • 2
      Hows that then? says:

      Why is it a bad advert for social mobility?

      They are all at the top, a bad advert would be if they migrated to the botto9m.

      • 6
        C.O.Jones says:

        Well that is it in a nutshell. State schools cannot compete so instead of trying to raise standards they prefer to undermine excellence.
        There are many excellent state schools but the average one is a sorry comparison to the independent sector.

      • 10
        Dave says:

        Because it suggests that in the country they’re in charge of, only people who went to a handful of schools which are prohibitively expensive for 99% of us, can rise to positions of leadership.

        • 14
          C.O.Jones says:

          Good example of Labour at the moment, morons rise to the top.

        • 23
          Cutting your nose to spite your face. says:

          So anyone who went to Eton should be disqualified from top positions in public life?

          • Dave says:

            No, they shouldn’t.

            But it’s fair game in an election.

          • Anonymous says:

            No.

            Anyone who went to Eton should be arrested, put up against a wall, and shot.

          • Anonymous says:

            No, nor should anyone who went to a state school – but that is what has happened here

          • Anonymous says:

            What crime should they be arrested for?

          • jgm2 says:

            This is Labour. They have form for arresting opposition MPs on bogus charges. I’d guess they’d go for ‘national security’.

          • dai floreating says:

            floreat moronia!

          • thostids says:

            The Government of this Country is not by those equipped through merit or ability. None of those in the Cabinet can claim to have performed in a learned profession, earned a living in the real World or ever functioned in an environment of open selection and competition. They are, politicians.
            By definition, the world would be infinitely safer and better run if none of them had been born this side of the last ice-age.
            Just don’t encourage them by voting for them.

      • 61
        tommy5dollar says:

        They’re not really “at the top”, are they? They’re in the bloody government, not successful businessmen.

      • 104
        SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

        The question is not which schools they attended , but wether or not they were able to impart any knowledge through their thick skulls.

      • 117
        PDubya says:

        Spot on.
        You have to ask yourself “Do I feel better about having several token ethnics/women on any kind of panel purely on racial or gender grounds rather than pure merit”?

        • 121
          broderick crawford says:

          are ” wimmin ” allowed to go to Eton …. or indeed any public school unless it is for girls … like roehamoton ??

    • 41
      Social Darwinist says:

      It’s called a self serving oligarchy

      Ukraine is nearly there as well…

    • 48
      rick says:

      In the late 1940′s the Labour/Socialist promise was that state schools under Socialism would become so good that private schools would eventually die out. Remember that?

      • 65
        Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

        And what happened to Tony Benn’s claim that nuclear power would be so cheap it would be unmetered :-)

      • 73
        The way things are says:

        Yes. I went to an excellent grammar school, my place paid for by the state. Then along came politicians who decided to abolish the grammar system. The school is now 100% teaching fee paying students.

        • 100
          The cat came back.. says:

          Shhh…Thatcher axed more grammar schools than any other. Guido wouldnt approve of your message.

      • 82
        jgm2 says:

        The private schools had all but shut down because the middle-classes were sending their kids to (free) grammar schools.

        It’s almost as if they abolished grammar schools to shut down the competition and preserve private school education.

    • 60
      Not worth Chip paper anyway says:

      Was Homosexual Marriage written into the last manifesto?

    • 81
      Ed Millibrain says:

      But at the next election, no one will trust us on the Economy, Immigration, Education, Employment, the Environment…

      Class Envy is all we have left, and you are going to see a lot more of this sort of smear in the next 15 months

    • 101
      The cat came back.. says:

    • 119
      dai wondering says:

      is Etonia in the EC?

      • 124
        broderick crawford says:

        i believe it s holding a referendum to become wholly independent of Windsor .

        • 129
          Justice says:

          Having the government staffed by any narrow minority is nto a good advert for anything and undermines deomcracy in fact. The fact that most are Etonians demonstrates that Tory policy and membership appeals to a narrow strata of society – people are far less likely to vote for you if they don’t see anyone who looks like them among you. Both parties are guilty of elitism and very few politicians have real experience of the world – another meaningful measure would be to ask what percentage of minister and shadows worked almost exclusively as policy wonks and advisers before becoming MPs? There is a storng argument for saying all MP candidates shoudl be chosen exclusively by their local parties and must have lived in the constituency for 5 years and held independent employment for 5-10yrs. We have all women shortlists, how about no-Etonian shortlists – woudl actually make more sense.

  2. 3
    Born To Rule Pony Fucker says:

    I have no idea why the plebs put up with it!

    • 69
      Social Darwinist says:

      Britain is now balkanised and atomised

      A small oligarchy will survive on condition that they keep themselves holed up in the Cesspit City and a few bantustans like Oxfordshire, Hampstead, Islington etc

      But when the plebs wake up even those might be trashed..

      Popcorn

      • 125
        broderick crawford says:

        it does nt matter Darwinist

        Fukushina is a great leveller and when reactor number four tips into the sea around six months tine we ll all be fucked …. unleuss you re swiss and have your own underground bunker and enough food water and sewage disposal arrangements to last 100 years … by which time you will be dead from old age or atrophy .

    • 128
      Corner of The Yard says:

      We don’t. We refuse to open road gates for their henchmen.

  3. 4
    Itchy Scrote says:

    Open goal for every other party. Fuckwits.

    • 25
      jgm2 says:

      True.

      Brain-Dead-Ned will have new sound bite to play with.

      ‘The Eton Manifesto’ would be my guess.

      • 91
        Officer Dibble says:

        Perhaps Ed could tell us how much choice does a 13 year old have over where his parents send him to school?

        • 96
          jgm2 says:

          However a 46 (is it?) year old who is allegedly a PR expert does have some control over whose names go on the bottom of the manifesto.

          Would it have killed him to get in a couple of grammar school boys (and girls)? Even if they took no fucking notice of them they could at least claim they’d involved somebody else.

          Now they’re fucked.

    • 43
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      It would have been nice to have at least one, preferably two, from a top grammar school.

    • 84
      British Citizen says:

      Utter stupidity. I don’t vote Tory but I have to say I feel so sorry for ordinary members of that party.

      Who in their right minds would want to go out on the doorsteps to promote a manifesto written by 6 people, 5 of whom are Old Etonians?

  4. 5
    Anonymous says:

    No one can extract urine quite like public school alumni.

  5. 7
    Anonymous says:

    So. they went to the best schools in the country? Good idea to have them on board then.

  6. 8
    Don Keoghtaigh says:

    Very good schools!

    But it’s a recipe for Groupthink.

    I bet they’ll hire a one-legged Lithuanian Lesbian from Liverpool to “balance” the committee.

  7. 9
    The British state says:

    We will kill Ian Tomlinson

    We will kill an unarmed Brazilian travelling on the tube

    We won’t arrest Anjem Choudhry for inciting murder

    We won’t deport Anjem and his family of benefit scroungers, or other hate preachers who incite the murder of Brits in their own country

    But by god we will make sure we prosecute an old DJ based on a bunch of flawed and self-contradictory bollocks from accusers who waited 40 years before going to plod.

  8. 11
    Social mobility says:
    • 16
      carlo gambino says:

      Yep soon everyone will be on benefits – not just ‘Labour’s children’

    • 21
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      Just a slight problem with all those Trades Union block votes.

    • 27
      Old Etonians welcome? says:

      .@Ed_Miliband’s proposed reforms will open @UKLabour to people from every walk of life

      • 47
        Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

        Yes all the spongers, parasites and other scum will be welcome at Labour.

  9. 12
    Border Terrier says:

    What’s the problem?

    All, with possible exception of Gideon, made the best use of the start given them. Jo Johnson is the much brighter brother of Boris.

    BUT I object to the thick rich kids given artificial sheen by the top schools – something that takes lifetime to wear off.

  10. 13
    carlo gambino says:

    ‘Dave’s old school friend and chief of staff; Oliver Letwin’.

    Chief of Staff wtf?

    Time was you had to be in the US Administration and a four star general before you could call yourself ‘Chief of Staff’.

    They like to plume themselves our politicos – sounds better than ‘Office Manager’ I suppose is the thinking.

    • 26
      The British Public says:

      Politicians like the langauge of violence. But they don’t like it when the public fights back.

    • 34
      Who is behind these people? says:

      You got it wrong

      Llllewllyn is his chief of staff – inherited from Paddy P a n t s down

      A discreet operator who will no doubt move onto multiple bungs like Blairs’ s man Jonathan “Jeeves” Powell…

    • 116
      Tim Yeo-yo says:

      In the UK COS of any army brigade is a major and full Col at Div.

  11. 15
    Eton boys have a sense of humour, unlike Labour MPs says:

  12. 17
    Get Rid of Scotland says:

    For Cameron diversity means Winchester, Rugby and Harrow.

  13. 18
    The British Public says:

    If someone burned down Eton, I think that much of the nation would applaud. It would not solve the problem though. What is required would be bloodier than that.

    • 22
      Diane Abbott, totally against private schools, ya get me blud? says:

      Agreed!

      • 127
        broderick crawford says:

        a caribbean mother would go to the wall for her children s education

        and i did

        it was called Wall Pizza .

        It was made of brick

        AND I ATE IT !!

    • 24
      Mitch says:

      Jealousy and envy aren’t attractive traits.

      • 29
        Harriet Harman says:

        I don’t tell my thickie constituents that I’m a multi-millionaire with aristocratic connections. Doesn’t fit with our cost of living crisis mantra.

        Anyone for PIE?

        • 42
          Gordon Smart (Harriet H Dumb Dumb Dumb) says:

          Poontang pie is lovely but can only be provided by a willing adult

      • 33
        The British Public says:

        Nothing to do with jealousy and envy. Simply a matter of the national interest. These people have to go. They stand too much in the way of everyone else’s well-being and don’t give enough back to make tolerating them work well enough for the rest of us. This is purely a pragmatic thing. Time to be rid of them.

        • 44
          Mitch says:

          Everyone has to come from somewhere? Why is one group of self-interested politicians better than another?

          • Democracy Now says:

            They aren’t. That is why we need to reform the electoral system to remove its biases in favour self-perpetuating tainted ‘talent pools’ like the Tory and Labour Parties.

        • 74
          Social Darwinist says:

          In other words

          Trickle down has failed

          Like the unregulated market

    • 49
      Social Darwinist says:

      The trouble with Britain is that it has never had a real Revolution

      Nothing like a bit of piano wire to make people understand…in the long term

      • 76
        Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

        The English civil war and the King losing his head?

        • 90
          Oliver Cromwell says:

          That was some time ago. It seems our rulers have forgotten a few of the lessons of history.

          Maybe Eton isn’t such a good school as they think it is.

    • 87
      Anonymous says:

      I think that sums up the your inferiority complex not Eton.

      • 95
        Oliver Cromwell says:

        No, it sums up how much of the public feel.

        What you choose to do with the information contained in that summary is up to you.

        Some isolated and unrepresentative ruling castes try to brazen things out. Some succeed but often it ends in a fight. Others cut and run. Sensible ones think of the nation, work out what they are doing wrong, see where their mistakes are heading and ensure they can solve the problem before it all comes to a nasty end.

      • 111
        Merit not wealth says:

        No, it’s just more ‘keep the status quo’ crap. The same status quo that is sending the UK down the drain.

        Having an elite school system for the wealthy and a shit system for everyone else suits our ruling oligarchy just fine.

  14. 19
    EC1 PhD (OE) says:

    Nothing to see here – move along.

  15. 31
    Gordon Smart says:

    Morgan reduced Oprah Winfrey to tears on his first show in January 2011

    Yes he was that bad why did it take Crappy News Network so long to find out?

  16. 32
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

  17. 35

    Ukraine was being run by an ex-footballer and now an ex-boxer wants to have a go.
    So chance for Wayne Rooney as Chancellor after all he knows how to make a penny or two!

    • 54
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      Well at the least the ex-boxer will be good in a fight, when the mob finally come for his arse :-)

  18. 40
    The most amusing claim ever says:

    Nobody apart from Journos actually read party manifestoes and the public certainly don’t take them into account when voting so political parties could save themselves all that time, effort and expense.

    They just need a one line election statement e.g.

    Tories: Vote for us cos’ Labour would ruin the country.

    Labour: Vote for us cos’ we’re not the Tories

    LibDems Vote for us…please

    UKIP: Vote for us if you hate Europe

    Sorted.

    • 50
      jgm2 says:

      You forgot:

      S&P: Vote for us if you hate the English

      Greens: Vote for us or the teddy bear gets it

      B&P: Vote for us if you hate S*t*a*n*i*s and Blacks

      Monster Raving Loony: Vote for us, we couldn’t possibly be any worse

      Respect: You just voted for us. By post.

    • 53
      Just goes to show says:

      Well the Liebour manifestos can only be dreams, if they laughingly became dreams they would be illegal, not me a sad judge said Liebours manifesto’s were just dreams, remember Liebours Browncrap and the none Euro Referendum

      • 67
        jgm2 says:

        Comedy gold.

        The Maximum Imbecile grinning on the court house steps as if he’d personally abolished slavery.

        Most people go to court to preserve their reputation when somebody accuses them of lying. Brown went to court to confirm that he was a liar.

    • 55
      Social Darwinist says:

      Gay marriage was never in the Tory manifesto

      It is just expensive lavatory paper

      For the plebs

    • 92
      Anonymous says:

      Ukip is hate based.

  19. 45
    We are the losers says:

    Didn’t realise Camorons Conservatives had a manifesto, always thought it was written on a white board and as the wind changed direction wiped clear and another manifesto was added.

  20. 46
    Anonymous says:

    What a non story, we have people who can read and write, and have a good education looking to take the Country forward and all the thicko benefit supporting wankers can do is cry foul.

    • 58
      jgm2 says:

      Maybe. But Dave is supposed to be a PR man. How does he think it will look. How does he think the bedwetters will portray this?

      There’ll be none of this ‘one-nation’ nonsense from Ned when it comes to who was drafting the manifesto. It’ll all be divisive ‘toffs’ and ‘hardworkingfamiliesinacostoflivingcrisis’ language.

  21. 59
    timbo46 says:

    Yet more proof that David Cameron & the entire Party Central machine that he has developed has less in common with the bulk of the Tory party out in the country than, God help us, Neil Kinnock!

    They are totally out of touch with the people who were instinctive and loyal followers of the party. Even this grammar school boy is questioning sanity of the rulers! When will the backbenchers bite the bullet — before the electorate give them the bullet?

    • 79
      jgm2 says:

      Unfortunately true.

      David Davies would have walked the 2010 election.

      I think it’s a myth that the palace phoned Tory HQ and told them to give Dave a job but it would explain how somebody who is allegedly a PR man is just so fucking useless at PR.

  22. 62
    A Skilled Man says:

    I can do without politicians, but can they do without people like me?

  23. 64
    Anonymous says:

    A political party of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.

    The fact that after the last abysmal Labour government that the Tories face being expelled after a single term is a reflection on how poor they have been.

  24. 68
    william says:

    5. That’s nothing . Count the number of OE PMs. 18 or so. up to 1964 there were 100 OE MPs, including 3 Labour ones.

  25. 80
    Brassed Off Joe Public says:

    Are the Cons*LieLabor*LebDims Oligarchs starting to feel hot around the collar
    after what has happened in Kiev as they may be next to experience the
    real power of the filthy stinking masses who have had enough from this political
    out of touch elite. Who believe its theres by devine right from on high to control
    by mendacity & manipulation……..

    Its time for real change NOT more of the same from the Oligarchs of
    Cons*LieLabor*LebDims Evil Alliance…..

    • 112
      Pitkapoika says:

      I find it frightening when people trying to make a point, quote “most people think”‘ when they probably don’t even know the names of their next door neighbours, or are simply quoting the rumination of half a dozen pissed up plebs from the local Tap Room. Come the Revolution Comrade you may we’ll find that it is not the Great Unwashed manning the barricades, but the educated and talented classes which you so despise, and who are obviously actively seeking to prevent you achieving your full potential.

  26. 85
    Para Handy says:

    Manifesto promises are not subject to legitimate expectation G. Brown.

  27. 86
    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    So……??????
    In the age of equality what does back ground race gender matter?
    why are you judging them by this???

  28. 88

    “A senior minister said the make-up of the prime minister’s team was a bad advertisement for social mobility.”

    Let’s face it, not a great one for Eton either.

  29. 89
    The public says:

    Who cares?

  30. 94
    C.O.Jones says:

    The problem lies not with where they studied but what they studied.
    We have had too many graduates of Law and PPE and useless subjects like history at the head of political parties.
    The HoC is FULL of them, all trying to scramble to the top.

    • 98
      The British Public says:

      You should be right, and I wish you were, but unfortunately, where they studied almost certainly does matter. In politics, symbols and appearances count for a great deal.

    • 103
      Dave says:

      History is useless? You for real?

    • 106
      SIZE 13 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

      If you consider History to be a useless subject then I feel genuinely sorry for you , it is probably the most important subject that anyone, never mind those who have aspirations to public office can study .

      • 107
        jgm2 says:

        I’d say basic maths would be of more use to all of them.

        If the purpose of history is to learn from past mistakes then either the universities are not doing a good job of highlight just what those mistakes were or their politician-pupils are too fucking thick to avoid repeating them.

      • 109
        C.O.Jones says:

        Science is based on evidence as it emerges.

        History is based on revisionism which is not a science but an interpretation on events from a biased perspective.
        Let me give you a few examples.
        History taught under communism.
        History taught under apartheid in SA.
        History (current) being taught to Japanese students today regarding the second world war. Yes, Japanese students are taught that Japan is the victim as they were removing colonialism from the far east.

        We supposedly look to our past to improve our future but we do not.So we learn nothing from history as taught in its present form.

    • 113
      Pitkapoika says:

      Mrs.T was a Chemistry Graduate ! QED.

      • 130
        David Cameron says:

        You are all poor and if you are well behaved and very lucky I shall throw you some peanuts.

  31. 132
    Keep the Faith says:

    They’re gonna be sorry!

  32. 133
    Keep the Faith says:

    Give me your tired – huddled Etonians!!

  33. 134
    Anonymous says:

    “There are six people writing the manifesto and five of them went to Eton”

    Had they but benefited from a form of ‘education’ recommended by Gove, they could have quantified their qualification to lead with one simple Latin sentence. Which translated for the delectation of plebs becomes: Wealth is my right…


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