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So wrote journalist Jenni Russell, a former BBC World Tonight editor.
Her website notes a Spectator view that she has been a key figure in the New Establishment, due to her friendship with Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s former director of strategy, and Ed Miliband. She believes that:
If pupils in the Muslim community, neglected black council-estate children, white working class in sink comprehensives, and Roma in Sheffield or Glasgow aren’t to be held back by the barriers of discomfort, distaste and prejudice: “they must be taught the principles, beliefs and manners of the employing classes”.
Competing for power over the underprivileged young: her strategy, British values . . .
But are the values, principles, beliefs and manners of most of the ‘employing classes’ so admirable?
They permit collusion with the profitable spread of tawdry ‘aspirational’ housing but neglect of heritage buildings, the establishment of incinerators, fracking plants, GM technology, HS2 and nuclear power stations polluting the countryside, the sale of British-made weapons to oppressive regimes and terrorists – and the execution of civilians by drone strike.
Tags: Aspirational housing, Black council-estate children, British-made weapons, Drone strike, Employing classes, Fracking, GM technology, Heritage buildings, HS2, Incinerators, Jenni Russell, Muslim pupils, Nuclear power stations, Oppressive regimes, Roma, White working class