Sunday, April 08, 2007

Another Tory Bully?

Cameron, Johnson - now Gideon Osborne has been exposed as a member of the unpleasant Bullingdon Club for rich yobs who deserve to be ASBO'd into history. (Tip of the hat to Bob and Snowflake 5)
Tories are trying to spin the disapproval in the Mail and elsewhere as class envy. Actually it is not. Nobody minds if someone is born rich. What they mind is rich people refusing to socialise with middle-class and poor people (Bullingdon for instance wouldn't have admitted Stephen Hawking as a member) and they mind rich people treating the poor and their property with disrespect.
Should we be quite so surprised?

I seem to recall disrespect for the poor and their property on a much larger scale when the Blessed Margaret held the reins of power.

7 comments:

Freddie said...

Of course it's class war. You hate them because of their class, nothing more. Boring, boring, boring and serves only to show how rattled Cameron has got you.

Freddie said...

And, by the way, I continue to think that calling George Osborne 'Gideon' is offensive. He's entitled to choose the name by which he's known and, as I have pointed out to you before, you leave yourself open to the charge that you are deliberately drawing attention to his Jewish origins. At the very least therefore, you are being institutionally racist in the MacPherson sense of the term.

Anonymous said...

Just like Labour tried to do in the last general election with the fagan poster

Anonymous said...

How can one person be 'institutionally racist'?

Freddie said...

The whole phrase is an absurdity since 'institutions' are incapable of thought or feeling, but on MacPherson's terms, one person can be 'institutionally racist'. Afterall, the Met as a body was only institutionally racist becuase many of its members exhibited that trait. In essence, if another person considers behaviour to be racist, even though the person undertaking that behaviour does not consider it to be so or intend it to be so, that behaviour is subjectively racist. This, in turn, leads to institutional racism.

PoliticalHack said...

Actually, the phrase was coined by Stokely Carmichael back in the 60s and applies to organisations, not individuals, and whether their processes or culture (unintentionally or intentionally) act against the interests of certain service users.

We've had this discussion on an earlier thread and I have explained myself pretty clearly.

Freddie said...

Yes, and you ought to have the decency, when it's pointed out to you that some people find it offensive, to desist.