Well, yes George. Rather depends upon who you think is the ruling class though

Secession from the concerns and norms of the rest of society characterises any well established elite. Our own ruling caste, schooled separately, brought up to believe in justifying fairytales, lives in a world of its own, from which it can project power without understanding or even noticing the consequences. A removal from the life of the rest of the nation is no barrier to the desire to dominate it. In fact, it appears to be associated with a powerful sense of entitlement.


A goodly
portion of the country would identify Guardianistas as our ruling elite.

That long march through the institutions has bourne fruit. All the major NGOs, the charities, the various \”institutions\” of society, the Royal Society for example, are run by largely the same class with the same ideas and the same plan for society. This is often called the \”metropolitican elite\” and it\’s a grouping that enrages large swathes of the country.

Whether our ruling class is out of touch does rather depend upon who you consider to be our ruling class.

10 comments on “Well, yes George. Rather depends upon who you think is the ruling class though

  1. George begins to sound very bar room right winger when he starts going on about the requirement to feel more comfortable with one’s fellow countrymen than with “foreigners”.

    Of course I assume he only dislikes UK bankers being chums with American and Swiss bankers, not upper middle class Brit environmental do-gooders getting on with their peers in other countries.

  2. It’s not necessarily Monbiot’s education that separates his outlook from those of the masses. Rather it’s his “let them eat cake” views which demand eco-purism at the cost of development and mass prosperity. This elite view is common to Porritt, Melchett, Goldsmith Attenborough and, of course, HRH.

  3. In Monbiot’s case, as with other good-for-nothing toffs like Polly Toynbee, Zac Goldsmith, Sir Jonathan Porritt Bart etc, it is surely his inherited wealth and the resulting lack of concern for the practicalities of putting food on the table that sets him apart from the rest of us.

    The distaste these people have for vulgar commerce is not inverse snobbery – it is the traditional vertical kind.

  4. …..brought up to believe in justifying fairytales, lives in a world of its own, from which it can project power without understanding or even noticing the consequences……

    Fairytales: The noble savage, self sufficiency, benevolent government…..

  5. I think it is resentment that there are bits of the establishment that refuse to bow down before our Progressive Overlords. As there is yet some power that has not yet been concentrated in the hereditary champagne socialist class, then the wielders of that power must be the invisible conspiracy of secret masters.

    Because, if things were ‘fair’, that power too would be in the hands of Guardian columnists and their fellow travellers on their blind and disaster-strewn path.

  6. Those whom the gods love die *young at heart*
    George Monbiot may have attended an expensive school but I am not impressed with his education.

  7. I do find it hard to believe that the institutions of the UK’s ruling class – the government, the military, the police, the judiciary, etc – are in the hands of those who take a Guardian view of things.

    The evidence would suggest otherwise.

  8. @ Churm Rincewind
    As far as I can see those still living in the military do not take a Guardian view of things, but a significant minority in the police, judiciary, government do so as do a majority in public service – partly because for thirteen years under New Labour public sector jobs were advertised, usually exclusively, in the Guardian. Also a majority in the previous government did

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