February 24th, 2014

Government of the Etonians, by the Etonians for the Etonians


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!


  1. 1
    C.O.Jones says:

    Excellent schools!

  2. 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.

  3. 3
    Born To Rule Pony Fucker says:

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

  4. 4
    Itchy Scrote says:

    Open goal for every other party. Fuckwits.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    No one can extract urine quite like public school alumni.

  6. 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.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 11
    Social mobility says:

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 14
    C.O.Jones says:

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

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

  16. 16
    carlo gambino says:

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

  17. 17
    Get Rid of Scotland says:

    For Cameron diversity means Winchester, Rugby and Harrow.

  18. 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.

  19. 19
    EC1 PhD (OE) says:

    Nothing to see here – move along.

  20. 20
    The British Public says:

    Just a bunch of twats.

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

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

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


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

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

  24. 24
    Mitch says:

    Jealousy and envy aren’t attractive traits.

  25. 25
    jgm2 says:


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

    ‘The Eton Manifesto’ would be my guess.

  26. 26
    The British Public says:

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

  27. 27
    Old Etonians welcome? says:

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

  28. 28
    CIA PsyOps (London) Bureau says:

    Anjem is an asset.

  29. 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?

  30. 30
    The British state says:

  31. 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?

  32. 32
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

  33. 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.

  34. 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…

  35. 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!

  36. 36
    Cressida Dick says:

    Anyone can make a mistake? Got to go – I’m very important :-)

  37. 37
    Dave says:

    No, they shouldn’t.

    But it’s fair game in an election.

  38. 38
    Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, & other Wasters says:

    The alternative is the race to the bottom with Labour.

  39. 39
    T May says:

    Yankee go home

  40. 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


  41. 41
    Social Darwinist says:

    It’s called a self serving oligarchy

    Ukraine is nearly there as well…

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

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

  43. 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.

  44. 44
    Mitch says:

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

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

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

  48. 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?

  49. 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

  50. 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.

  51. 51
    Putin says:

    We used to call all our opponents conspiracy theorists in Ukraine. It worked for years, though it set back genuine psychiatry quite a bit.

    Ah the good old days… Isn’t a week a long time in politics?

  52. 52
    Gramma school boy says:

    Try not to confuse best with most expensive or exclusive.

  53. 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

  54. 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 :-)

  55. 55
    Social Darwinist says:

    Gay marriage was never in the Tory manifesto

    It is just expensive lavatory paper

    For the plebs

  56. 56
    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.

  57. 57
    I wish Osborne would fuck off says:

  58. 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.

  59. 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?

  60. 60
    Not worth Chip paper anyway says:

    Was Homosexual Marriage written into the last manifesto?

  61. 61
    tommy5dollar says:

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

  62. 62
    A Skilled Man says:

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

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:


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

  64. 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.

  65. 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 :-)

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

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

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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..


  70. 70
    C.O.Jones says:

    And it is all borrowed money.

  71. 71
    lojolondon says:

    Time for conservative people to vote UKIP – luckily, the thinking conservatives already know that!!

  72. 72
    jgm2 says:

    Gaty marriage was, however, in the EU’s manifesto which is why Dave did as he was told.

  73. 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.

  74. 74
    Social Darwinist says:

    In other words

    Trickle down has failed

    Like the unregulated market

  75. 75
    Village Idiot says:

    …..When you educate idiots’,you get educated idiots!…..Wisdom is far more important IMO.?

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

    The English civil war and the King losing his head?

  77. 77
    Chris Bryant's Underpants says:

    Steady on boys, there’s no need for a race

  78. 78
    Even the French are incredulous says:

  79. 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.

  80. 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…..

  81. 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

  82. 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.

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    What crime should they be arrested for?

  84. 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?

  85. 85
    Para Handy says:

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

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

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

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

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

  88. 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.

  89. 89
    The public says:

    Who cares?

  90. 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.

  91. 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?

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    Ukip is hate based.

  93. 93
    jgm2 says:

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

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 97
    jgm2 says:

    So is Labour. So is the S&P. So is the B&P.

  98. 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.

  99. 99
    The electorate says:

    We do.

  100. 100
    The cat came back.. says:

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

  101. 101
    The cat came back.. says:

  102. 102
    Hate the sin, love the sinner says:

    And the EU should be hated. It is an evil organisation.

  103. 103
    Dave says:

    History is useless? You for real?

  104. 104

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

  105. 105
    C.O.Jones says:

    Yes, it has been rewritten too many times.

  106. 106

    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. 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.

  108. 108

    Not only that, but knowledge for it’s own sake is also worthwhile .

  109. 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.

  110. 110
    C.O.Jones says:

    “knowledge for it’s own sake is also worthwhile”

    I 100% agree with that!

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 113
    Pitkapoika says:

    Mrs.T was a Chemistry Graduate ! QED.

  114. 114
    Fly on the wall says:

    So do I. Also comes in very handy on pub quiz nights too!

  115. 115
    Fly on the wall says:

    You seem to have forgotten to add North Korea to your little list.

  116. 116
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

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

  117. 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”?

  118. 118
    The very few voters that have a brain and use it says:

    We dont

  119. 119
    dai wondering says:

    is Etonia in the EC?

  120. 120
    dai floreating says:

    floreat moronia!

  121. 121
    broderick crawford says:

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

  122. 122
    broderick crawford says:

    sorry .. coukd be roedean .. or oerhaps rotting dean ….

  123. 123
    broderick crawford says:

    it does nt actually exist .

    it s all binary code on computerised bank transfers.


  124. 124
    broderick crawford says:

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

  125. 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 .

  126. 126
    broderick crawford says:

    did it get to number (fivehundredand ) one in the hit pabrade ???

  127. 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 !!

  128. 128
    Corner of The Yard says:

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

  129. 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.

  130. 130
    David Cameron says:

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

  131. 131
    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.

  132. 132
    Keep the Faith says:

    They’re gonna be sorry!

  133. 133
    Keep the Faith says:

    Give me your tired – huddled Etonians!!

  134. 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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