“The government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours.
When it comes to opportunity we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.” Theresa May – 13 July 2016
Humbling words that can resonate with an electorate and commentators alike. So, when it comes to putting this into action then surely the first place this would be demonstrated is in her day one of a new dawn cabinet appointments. Yet, by my reckoning, just four of the major Cabinet posts are held by someone who hasn’t either gone to a fee paying private independent school, a grammar school, Oxbridge or isn’t related to royalty in some way.
While, just like Theresa May, I am all for giving people a chance and opportunities regardless of their background. But how can 6 grammar school, 6 private independent school, 9 Oxbridge educated, 1 Marchioness daughter and a relation of Queen Elizabeth II possibly serve anyone but the privileged few when it is run by them? And how can we believe that it won’t be run for the elite, by the elite when it pretends to be down to earth common as muck in it for the people?
Lets’ face it. Power lies with the elite few and power lies to hide the fact that the power lies with the elite few. Until we understand that then nothing can be changed.
Here is the list of Cabinet posts and their respective elite educations:
Prime Minister – grammar school, independent school, Oxbridge
Foreign Secretary – independent school, Oxbridge
Chancellor – Oxbridge
Home Secretary – daughter of a Marchioness, independent school
Defence Secretary – independent school, St Andrews
Health Secretary – 4th cousin once removed from the Queen, 5th cousin once removed from Oswald Moseley, independent school, Oxbridge
Justice Secretary – daughter of a professor, Oxbridge
Culture – grammar school
Environment – grammar school
Transport – grammar school, Oxbridge
International Development – grammar school
Work and Pensions – Oxbridge
Business and Energy – Oxbridge
Northern Ireland – grammar school, Oxbridge