That Britain has an establishment is pretty obvious. But which one it is that rules the country is not quite as all too many seem to think it is. Which is why this particular line in The Guardian amuses:
Is the British establishment finally finished?
No, not that one, every system has and is going to have an establishment. It might be more – say, open to talent – or less – the Venetian one was grand families in 1300 or so and nowt else – easy to get into but there’s always going to be one. It’s this:
All of which suggests that it might be time to question whether the British establishment still functions as it once did. Yes, some members of the elite have become very rich. They are still united in their fear and loathing of leftwing ideas and ordinary people.
For the British establishment doesn’t loath left wing ideas in the slightest. Far from it, it has absorbed and now wholly believes in a plethora of such left wing ideas. Take things which all in polite society absolutely believe and insist are obvious.
Poverty is relative, less than 60% of median household income is the same as penury and deprivation.
Free trade is a bad idea.
The NHS, government financed and provided health care free at the point of use, is the Wonder of the World. So much so that near no one has copied it.
The European Union is an essential part of Britain’s future.
Mass immigration’s just great.
These are not fringe beliefs they’re part of the DNA of our ruling class, that establishment. And none of them are exactly right wing ideas, are they?
OK, maybe they still fear ordinary people but then that’s why that belief in the EU, to make sure that the voters can’t actually change the system. And so also the disgust over Brexit, that irruption of the Common Man.
But really, anyone trying to state, let alone assume, that the British ruling class, the establishment, is not already left wing is deluded. Good grief, even people who went to Eton believe that list of nonsense these days.