I have a fantastic idea
Obviously, in order to run a successful nation state, you need the right people in place to make the important decisions that affect all our lives. Of course most of the time this starts with some form of national government; democratically elected politicians we put in place to make decisions about law, health, education, foreign policy, tax rates, state spending, welfare, etc.
At the next level we have the people in charge of implementing all this, via the state’s institutions; Judges, Military Leaders, University Heads, Civil Servants, Arts Council Leaders, etc, etc. You get the picture – basically these people, in these powerful positions, are the ones making the big, important decisions on our behalf. So far, so good.
The fantastic idea
The most difficult and important aspect in all this though, is how do we get the right people in to these positions in the first place? How do we ensure we select the very best decision-makers, to make all these very important decisions for us? Well this is where my fantastic idea comes in to play!
What we do is select all those people who not only really like the colour green, but also have a preference for carrots over any other root vegetable. Brilliant huh? Problem solved.
What? You’re not happy with that? You’re thinking wouldn’t it be better to select people based on their talents, their intellect, their experience, their relevant knowledge and their dedication to the role. No, no, no, you’re just not getting this.
Let me offer another example; We select all those people who not only have wealthy parents, but also went to an expensive public school. Brilliant huh? Are you getting it yet?
Yes of course, this is exactly what we have in Britain today. Very many people placed in positions of power, just because they were born to wealth and went to a few very exclusive, very expensive schools. Intellect, talent, experience – who cares?
7% of people in Britain go to public, independent schools, yet these same people make up over 70% of law professionals – judges and barristers. So we have a ridiculous situation that can only mean we end up with really poor judges and barristers; fortunate people, who will naturally have an extremely narrow view of the world. The other 93% of people are just not being considered for selection at all, simply because they didn’t go to a particular school. What a great way to run a country?
It’s a similar situation at the very top of the power hierarchy in Britain. 50% of Cabinet members within the governing Conservative Party, attended public schools. This same imbalance is seen in the military, the civil service, even journalism and the acting profession.
It’s obvious this hideous, elitist mess is damaging to all of us. To illustrate, let’s consider a simple hypothetical scenario: You’re looking for someone to do an important job for you, someone to look after your children for example. You’re offered the choice to either, select from a 100 people the person you believe to be best suited for the position, or alternatively, 93 people are dismissed and you select one from the 7 that remain instead? Which option would you take? How likely is it that the very best person for this important role, left with the 93? Yet in Britain we prefer the second option, we’re happy with second best.
Although the numbers make it abundantly clear, reality exposes the sad consequences of this abhorrent system. Tony Blair – British prime minister for ten years (1997-2007), and David Cameron – the current British PM since 2010. Both public school educated. Both glorified car salesmen.
It’s plain to see that neither Blair nor Cameron are serious heavyweights in any arena. Their intellect is at best average, with no obvious suggestion of any worthwhile talent. Special people? No! More middle management types, of which there are thousands. It’s obvious these guys are far from the best Britain has to offer. Britain has produced hundreds of truly brilliant, hugely talented people throughout the years. It could be argued Britain punches above its weight on the world stage in this respect, considering its relatively small population size. And remember, many of these people have contributed despite the discrimination handed down by the ruling classes.
With the industrial revolution, history suggests, Britain became the first truly modern nation. Yet, in the 21st Century, it remains handicapped as the most ‘elitist riddled’ country in the Western world. Moreover, the first 16 years of this new millennium show this sad situation is only getting worse.