Over the last few weeks with the cuts the government is implementing you hear every now and then from our Labour friends that rather old class attack, that we a party full of toffs, and the Cabinet is full of rich people who all went to Oxbridge, and public school who are now cutting benefits for the poorest.
Anyway being rather bored this evening I thought I would have a little look at the Labour Party’s representativity of the British public. And I must say the results were rather….. amusing, so I thought I would share them.
Lets start with the current Shadow Cabinet! Now with their rhetoric you would have thought that their top brass would all be working class heroes. Well, no not really: 18% of them went to independent school, and a rather healthy 37% went to Oxbridge, now how surprising.
But the actual surprise comes when you look at the close links some of these people have with each other. Not that I would ever suggest nepotism in the slightest but we have among them in two of the most important position a husband and wife, Ed Balls, and Yvette Cooper; then we also have two twin sisters Maria and Angela Eagle; a fourth generation member of Parliament who is also the son of an ex Cabinet Minister; and that is not mentioning the main contestant for Ed Miliband the Labour leader was no other than his brother David!
Now that brings us neatly to the last Labour leadership contest were as just mentioned we have the two Miliband brothers and three other candidates of which every single one of them went to Oxbridge. Three went to Oxford, and Two went to Cambridge.
But then again take a slightly more historical perspective, and five out of the last eleven party leaders went to independent schools, and the same proportion went to Oxbridge.
Now am I just being terribly cynical or are we starting to see a pattern? Well it certainly is not Harriet Harman’s vision of matching the composition of Parliament to that of the social, economic, and gender image of the nation, by the way I think I forgot to mention she went toSt Paul’s School for Girls fact she conveniently does not mention of her website’s biography. Yes they have made Alan Johnson (for who I have a reasonable amount of respect I must say here) Shadow Chancellor even though he has not even got an ‘A’ level in Maths let as well economics and who was working at 15, however one swallow does not make spring I fear Mr Miliband.
Maybe before attacking the Conservative Party you may want to look at your own house first. And just to remind people the Conservative Party had the first woman MP to sit in the House Nancy Astor; an ethnic minority MP before the Labour Party even has representation in Parliament with Sir Mancherjee Bhownaggree, and must I say it the first woman Prime Minister Margret Thatcher, I would say that is not the worst record to defend, and we did it without the need for quotas or even debate on inclusion.