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Sunday, 5 October 2014
England's most detested stereotypes. A Sunday Special.
England has always had the reputation for being an eccentric and rather loony country. I think this example of her latest class bashing obsession helps to explain why.
The man on the left above (depicted by John Cleese) is typical of those who are presently the most hated in English society. He is very 'English', probably has an Oxford University degree, he probably speaks in a clear and precise voice (that we can all understand), and he probably aspires to certain high standards of living. He is what we might call 'upper-ish middle class'.
But he attracts venom by the truck-load. He is hated for being successful, hard working (well orf), and well educated. If he is the son of an equally hard working (well orf) father, then he attracts even more hatred. I even read recently of his ilk being totally vilified for their 'niceness'.
Bizarrely, many would prefer almost anyone but a person of his caliber to be Prime Minister; but give them a champagne socialist, Fettes and Oxford educated, war mongering, money obsessed, egotist, and they'd all be as happy as sandboys.
Certainly the current Socialist shadow 'Equalities Minister', Gloria de Piero, seems to sanction this view. She wants all applicants for UK public sector jobs to be quizzed about their parents' jobs, background, etc; just to make sure that no well educated people get employed, in place of the well deserving uneducated.
You'd hardly believe it, but this is what England has become. Quite frightening.
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