Explaining George Monbiot

Just a thought:

That, after all, is the point of this government. It exists to secure and enhance the position of the banks, the corporations and the rich. It exists to support the system of rentier capitalism – and the inherited wealth that arises from it – that made so many members of the cabinet wealthy. This is the plutocratic class that funds the Conservative party, whose air it breathes, whose interests and opinions it shares. Social justice would require the redistribution of its remarkably concentrated wealth. But that is, of course, structurally impossible for the party to contemplate.


George Monbiot grew up in Henley-on-Thames in South Oxfordshire, England, in a house next to Peppard Common.[4] Politics was at the heart of family life—his father, Raymond Geoffrey Monbiot, is a businessman who headed the Conservative Party\’s trade and industry forum,[2] while his mother, Rosalie—the elder daughter of Conservative MP Roger Gresham Cooke[5]—was a Conservative councillor who led South Oxford district council for a decade.

A Freudian might say that there are issues here which need to be discussed, no?

11 thoughts on “Explaining George Monbiot”

  1. Monbiot rightly states that privately educated people are over-represented in positions of importance in the UK.

    And suggests a solution (banning private schools) that would solve this “problem”.

    However he never explains why the Guardian continues to employ so many products of this unfair system.

  2. It’s the old question that I used to ask of university socialists: is it your parents or your school that you hate?

  3. C’mon, Tim. If someone from a modest background expresses Monbiot’s sentiments, we’re accused of having a chip on our shoulders. If someone from Monbiot/Penny’s background does, they have “issues”.
    What sort of family must we come from to escape such silly ad hominem replies?

    Tim adds: I don’t normally indulge in such ad homs about class, private schooling etc. Because, as ever, you’re right up to a point.

    However, I do think that Monbiot does indeed have specific issues here. I really do think (without much evidence, agreed, and quite possibly most unkindly) that if Monbiot Pater had been in the SWP then Monbiot Minor would be in the Federation of Conservative Students. Vying with Guido for the cash flow from selling “Hang Nelson Mandela” t-shirts.

    You’ll note that with Ms. Penny I do not make jokes or asides about her private education or background. Only that give it 40 years and she’ll have a gardening column like Germaine Greer.

  4. Monbiot says “As for myself, I can’t help where I’ve come from, but I can help where I’m going.”

    He isn’t wanting to help where he is going. He’s been there already. Monbiot is simply wanting to limit the choices of others.

    I don’t buy the idea that shoving able pupils with sharp elbowed parents into crap state schools will improve crap state schools. Monbiot is simply dancing around the issue of many state schools being crap and teaching crap.

  5. It must be terrible being Mr Monbiot.

    All the worrying about the environment, all that middle class guilt about going to Stowe and then knowing that the Guardian pays Polly T twice what it pays him.

  6. Monbiot was on R4 this morning.

    His thesis is that since so many big jobs in government and the prfessions are held by public school people, therefore public schools should lose their charitable status and if that fails to close them down, they should be banned.

    Such is the nature of the BBC that nobody picked him up on that or pointed out that what Gove (rightly) wants and is effectively working towards is to imporve the quality of the state sector.

    Certainly the fact that cunts like monbiot have such a disprortionate amount of airtime and column inches to sprout their disgusting nonsense is a major problem, but one that will not be solved by outlawing freedom.

    Closing down the tax-payer funded BBC on the other hand seems to be to be an absolutely necessary condition if we are to achieve a free country.

  7. So the schools are successful, we should close them!

    Most on monbiots politics can be explained by being dim and a prolonged adolescent rebellion.

  8. “Make all schools private.”

    The charitable status of private schools only saves £100m pa. Which is equivalent to £160 per pupil.

    So removing charitable status will make not a jot of difference to the popularity of private schools and, if anything, removing many of the benefits that local communities get from private schools being forced/encouraged to let others use their facilities.

  9. Point one – rentier capitalism arose from inherited not vice versa
    Point two – I am weary of pointing out that the only government in my lifetime (or since they started collecting relevant data) to increase the wealth gap between rich and poor is New Labour 1997-2010.
    Point three – most educational advances are made in the private sector which has freedom to innovate and then copied in the state sector

  10. I used to live just down the road from his parents (and, I suppose, him, though I never saw him).

    The parents were pillars of the community & I posit that it’s the passing of people of their ilk that has flipped the UK into a bent oligarchy.

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