Ask him about charges of nepotism in his selection, and Straw has a well-rehearsed answer: “What I would say about the nepotism thing is that in all walks of life, whether it’s the police, doctors or going into the family law firm, there are examples of children following their parents’ footsteps. That’s also been true in parliament going back many generations – there are actually now many fewer than there were in the past.”
So why is it that the inheritance of money, rather than networks, is perceived as being so awful?
Why is the Benn’s fifth generation of public office something laudable while their (very substantial) fifth generation and more of inherited wealth something that’s kept very quiet?
BTW, re the Third Viscount Stansgate. In order not to inherit the title he’s got to actively protest in order not to inherit it. Within one year I believe. So, anyone know whether he’s started that yet or not?