Printer Friendly

Throttling our nation with his old school tie.

AS the election campaign swings into full action, David Cameron will present himself even more strongly as the leader of a very different Tory party.

The message will be: No longer are we run by a clique of wealthy, privileged men who understand nothing of the problems of ordinary people. This is a modern party in tune with the struggles of Britons in the 21st Century.

Today the Sunday Mirror exposes this as blatant propaganda. An investigation into the backgrounds of Tory candidates standing in seats they have a good chance of winning shows that 21 went to Eton, the nation's most elite school, while almost half went to top private schools.

You shouldn't blame anyone for where their parents chose to educate them. But it is valid to ask those who want to run Britain if their schooling prepared them for the task.

It might be acceptable for the odd Old Etonian to make it into government. But if David Cameron wins he is preparing to stuff his parliamentary party and government with the old school tie. This is no accident. The party leadership is steering its favoured candidates into winnable seats, much to the fury of the local "Taliban Tories".

So as voters prepare for the most critical and closely-fought election of recent times, one question they have to ask is who they want to run the country. Is it the Labour party under Gordon Brown, which has not been perfect but has achieved much and promises more? Or is it Cameron's Tories, stuffed with Old Etonians who have little understanding of ordinary people's problems and even less sympathy?
COPYRIGHT 2010 MGN LTD
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Editorial
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2010
Words:271
Previous Article:Caring bosses? Pigs might fly..
Next Article:THE EX FACTOR; AWARD-WINNING ITV ANCHORMAN.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters