Amazing this hereditary ruling families thing, isn\’t it?

IT COULD be new Labour’s second coming. The offspring of key players from the Tony Blair era appear to be laying the foundations for a triumphant return to power.

Will Straw, whose father Jack was foreign and home secretary, hopes to become an MP at the next general election.

Georgia Gould, the daughter of Blair’s chief pollster and strategist, is honing her skills as a councillor, while Joe Dromey, the son of Harriet Harman, the deputy Labour leader, is a party officer in London.

Even Euan Blair, the former prime minister’s eldest son, has been linked to a safe Labour seat at the 2015 election.

Other scions who have not ruled out standing include David Prescott, the son of Lord Prescott, the former deputy prime minister, and Emily Benn, the granddaughter of the Labour stalwart Tony Benn and niece of Hilary Benn, former environment secretary.

I thought we\’d done away with all that…..If Benn gets in for example she would be the 6th (or is it 7th?) generation to sit as an MP. And the last three generations have all become Cabinet Ministers too.

Social mobility really is just such an important thing isn\’t it?

14 comments on “Amazing this hereditary ruling families thing, isn\’t it?

  1. Yes, odd that it seems that the Left is the bastion of inherited privilege in p0litics nowadays. I can’t think of one Tory who has followed in a parents footsteps to be an MP in the modern era. Churchill springs to mind I suppose, from the days of aristocratic political dynasties.

    Perhaps its a subconscious thing – if you grow up in a left wing atmosphere the most obvious way to ‘get on’ is to leech off someone else, like Ma and Pa have been suggesting to others. Whereas a right wing household would be pushing self improvement and ‘getting on’ by ones own efforts.

    Or you could just say the the kids of Lefties are fucking useless and can’t get anyone to voluntarily pay them to do anything other than ask ‘Do you want fries with that?’.

  2. Perhaps its a subconscious thing – if you grow up in a left wing atmosphere the most obvious way to ‘get on’ is to leech off someone else, like Ma and Pa have been suggesting to others. Whereas a right wing household would be pushing self improvement and ‘getting on’ by ones own efforts.

    There are very few serious wealth creators in the Conservative Party who made a name for themselves in highly competitive industries. Most came to parliament having had jobs which rely on state credentialism (e.g. barristers, banking, accountancy, broadcasting) or else formed companies that appear to rely on their political influence (e.g. Tim Yeo’s various green companies).

    Of course, they’ll always have the odd token wealth creator in their ranks, in the same way that Labour has the odd token ex-Miner in theirs. This is designed to keep people believing that these political parties have some sort of ideology despite being a fag paper’s width away from each other.

  3. “I can’t think of one Tory who has followed in a parents footsteps to be an MP in the modern era. ”

    I can think off top of my head Francis Maude and Nick Hurd (whose grandfather was also a Tory MP). I bet there are more.

  4. I can’t see a list on the internet but a quick google search adds Andrew Mitchell, Ben Gummer, Robin Walker.

  5. Emily Benn was parachuted into stand in the constituency where I live at the ripe old age of seventeen. Thus showing Labour’s utter contempt for the local population who they obviously regard as incorrigible Tories, fit only to provide somewhere for progressive aristos to hone their political skills. Which is stupid as well as insulting as it’s somewhere they might actually have a chance of winning if they ever bothered to develop their appeal outside of their northern and metropolitan heartlands.

  6. Er, Nicholas Soames is the first to spring to mind as the son, great-grandson and great-great-grandson of Conservative MPs

  7. If Benn gets in for example she would be the 6th (or is it 7th?) generation to sit as an MP.

    This refering to Emily Benn? She would only be the fifth generation surely? Her Grandfather and her uncle have been Cabinet Ministers. Her great-grandfather William Wedgwood Benn was a Liberal turned Labour members. Her great-great-grandfathers – in the plural – were John Benn, a first generation politician and Daniel Holmes.

    I think that people ought to follow their parents into politics the old fashioned way – they should inherit a place in the House of Lords. But if that is what the voting public wants …..

  8. @ Jim #13
    Not quite
    Firstly we haven’t made a full list of Labour political families/dynasties.
    Secondly a few of the Tories, such as Churchill, are useful.

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