Thursday, August 11, 2011

UK's Telegraph likens feral elites to feral youth

From the Treasure Islands blog:

Following my intentional slip-up on David Cameron's words yesterday, I am now delighted to see this in the Daily Telegraph, of all newspapers. An absolutely superb article by its chief political commentator Peter Oborne. Hats off to the man.

"The criminality in our streets cannot be dissociated from the moral disintegration in the highest ranks of modern British society. The last two decades have seen a terrifying decline in standards among the British governing elite.

It is not just the feral youth of Tottenham who have forgotten they have duties as well as rights. So have the feral rich of Chelsea and Kensington."

Well, well, never a truer word was said. Just as I said yesterday. And it gets better:

"I’d guess that few of them bother to pay British tax if they can avoid it, and that fewer still feel the sense of obligation to society that only a few decades ago came naturally to the wealthy and better off.

Yet we celebrate people who live empty lives like this. A few weeks ago, I noticed an item in a newspaper saying that the business tycoon Sir Richard Branson was thinking of moving his headquarters to Switzerland. This move was represented as a potential blow to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, because it meant less tax revenue.

I couldn’t help thinking that in a sane and decent world such a move would be a blow to Sir Richard, not the Chancellor. People would note that a prominent and wealthy businessman was avoiding British tax and think less of him. Instead, he has a knighthood and is widely feted."

This is exactly, exactly, the same point I made in Treasure Islands - and about exactly the same man.

It's all the more significant this, coming from the chosen newspaper of, among many others, Britain's feral elite.


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