Sunday, December 20, 2009

Class war? How about this one...!

We are desensitised to the idea of being ruled by Eton and Oxbridge elites. But would it be the same if Britain was like this instead?

There's been some debate recently over the fact that the Mayor of London, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister all went to Bournville School, Birmingham and that almost the entire Cabinet did their university studies in Birmingham too.

When we turned the question to the public, we registered overwhelming resentment. The idea of being ruled by an unrepresentative lot, both geographically, socially and culturally doesn't seem to be perceived as either popular or fair.

"It's absurd that all our leading figures went to the same school and had exactly the same background. They're all from the same Birmingham school. And how bad is it that we have an actual Mayor of London who grew up in a Birmingham council estate? It doesn't make sense!", told us Ariel Painin-Diaz from South Kensington.

Another southerner, Barry Tone, a butcher from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex said: "It's disgusting. It shouldn't be this way. What's wrong with a bit of balance? It means that all people in a position of power can't see things from a perspective that isn't from the West Midlands".

Carrie Oakey from Notting Hill Gate agreed: "How can they possibly empathise with a central Londoner? How can they grasp how it feels to be from a different background? They all speak with that Birmingham accent and inevitably promote a pro-Birmingham agenda. Outrageous, that's what it is".

"I think it's unacceptable that all those chaps from Bournville were allowed to claw their way through power just like that", remarked Nicholas O'Teene from Altrincham in Greater Manchester.

But it's not just that the country's power elites may have discussed their future policies during detention while at Bournville School. We also learnt that all those government ministers who went to University did so at either UCE or Aston - both, again, located in Birmingham.

The list includes the Foreign Secretary, the Home Secretary, the Justice Secretary, the lady in charge of Work and Pensions, the Chairman of Policy Review, the Culture Minister and many many others: you can't go wrong. They either studied at University of Central England or Aston.

The much touted free-chocolate scheme as laid out by the government during Prime Minister's Questions last week has been slammed by critics as a "typically pro-West Midlands policy dreamed up down the road from Cadbury World".

Also very controversial proved the Cabinet's decision to allow former members of West Midlands legends Black Sabbath to advice the government on youth culture and drugs. "The Birmingham clique strikes again", said a sceptical MP speaking on conditions of anonimity.

"Neither the Prime Minister, nor the Chancellor, let alone our Brummie Mayor of London come from extremely privileged backgrounds. Along with all Cabinet ministers, their parents were either on the dole or just ordinary workers from low and middle income families. This can't be right, as there's not a chance in hell they are able to grasp the daily issues faced by extremely wealthy people and the needs of top bankers, traders and entrepreneurs".

The recent supertax on "second boats" was recently slammed as "petty and spiteful" as well as "the action of a Brummie government that is blind to the plight of the most affluent members of society".

In the meantime, the Opposition Leader made it clear that he believes the narrow upbringing of Birmingham-educated senior Government figures is a fair subject for attack.

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