Meet the new Lord, same as the old lords

David Cameron er Storbritanniens nye konservative premierminister. Hvad for en slags mand er han, og hvilken politik skal vi forvente af ham?

Vel, han er født ind i en kolossalt rig familie og har lovet straks ved sin tiltræden at give en omfattende skattelettelse, der kun kommer landets rigeste 3000 familier til gode. Heriblandt hans egen, selvfølgelig. Og på sundhedsvæsnet, skoler og socialhjælp har han lovet nedskæringer, nedskæringer og atter nedskæringer, så der kan blive råd til at købe bankerne fri fra det morads, de selv har skabt.

Som ung mand var han med i en gruppe aristokrater på Oxford Universitet, der “morede” sig ved at udsøge sig en fin restaurant, spise og drikke de dyreste og mest udsøgte retter på menukortet – og herefter smadre restauranten totalt.

Huffington Post har mere:

He was schooled at England’s most expensive and most exclusive private school — Eton — and then attended Oxford University where he was a prominent member of the notorious Bullingdon Club.

The club — a UK equivalent of Yale’s exclusive Skull & Bones Society — is an ultra-exclusive clique that admits only the nation’s richest and brattiest trust-fund kids. Its openly declared primary activities are outlandish drinking, boisterous behavior and damaging property.

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BORN TO RULE (above): Cameron & his Bullingdon Club cronies in full regalia in 1987. The blond bombshell in the front-row is fellow Conservative Boris Johnson — now reigning over London’s citizens as their Mayor.
A well-documented typical evening while Cameron was a member in the late 1980s consisted of the members taking over one of Oxford’s fanciest restaurants for the night, eating the priciest food on the menu, ordering and quaffing copious quantities of the most expensive wines and champagnes — and then totally trashing and destroying the entire restaurant, furniture and fittings. The coup de grace at the end of each such excursion was to go up to the traumatized, distraught restaurant owner and, in a gesture that dates back to the aristocrat-peasant relationship of centuries passed, contemptuously throw wads of banknotes at the hapless owner as recompense for the massive damage caused.

That is the background of Britain’s new Prime Minister — whose only employment other than climbing the greasy pole of Conservative Party politics to become party leader was a stint as corporate flack and spin-master for a down-market TV network.

Manden er altså født med en sølvske i munden og har ikke gjort en dags ærligt arbejde i hele sit liv. Men det er altså den “compassionate Conservative”, der nu skal genetablere de “britiske værdier” og forsøge at være mere højreorienteret end … den Labour-regering, der var den mest højreorienterede regering, Storbritannien har haft, siden Churchill gik af.

Det eneste lyspunkt i det her er, at det måske er det, der skal til for at få den britiske venstrefløj til at vågne op af sin alt for uforstyrrede Tornerosesøvn.

Link: UK Election Winner! Meet the New Toff (Same as the Old Toffs)

3 thoughts on “Meet the new Lord, same as the old lords”

  1. Jeg synes nu ikke det er helt fair at kalde Blair/Cameron-regeringen for den mest højreorienterede siden Churchills tid. Thatchers økonomiske politik var måske alt i alt mindre højreorienteret, men det var al politik dengang. Det er mere rimeligt at dømme dem på, i hvilken retning de har trukket landet, og hvor langt -- og der er Thatcher en katastrofe af dimensioner, som Blair ikke når til sokkeholderne.

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