Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Political Class


Spotted this in the Sunday Times from an interview with John le Carré (aka David Cornwell:

"It’s extraordinary to realise that Clement Attlee commanded a regiment in the war. Even Heath had experience of the war. It isn’t the war that‘s the defining factor, it was having to work with men and women of all classes. They were blooded, those people. They knew whereof they spoke.

"What we now have is the wrong set. Surely the definition of a decent society is: one, how it chooses its elite; and; two, how it looks after its losers. Now we choose our elite horribly badly and, as long as private education commands the scene, don’t talk to me about levelling the playing field - the social contract is bust in this country.

"I understand why people who are socially deprived, with the safety net taken away from them and treated as second-class citizens, have every right to vote for some other dream. I understand that, and I understand it needs a desperate remedy, and fast, but Brexit isn’t the answer."



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