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Thread #166877   Message #4017814
Posted By: Iains
08-Nov-19 - 03:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics?
Subject: RE: BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics?
Big Al having a series of PM's from a restricted social class cannot be ideal. Such a state of affairs cannot possibly be a meritocracy. If top talent is required for the job( a meritocracy) then all niches of society should be included. Having a winnowing process to select MPs, where the wheat is the public schools and the chaff is the remaining grammar schools and comprehensives can hardly merit the term meritocracy. Wilson, Callaghan, Heath and even Major were all grammar schoolboys and were all exceedingly intelligent. Wilson the youngest Oxford Don of the century, Major from lowly insurance clerk to Standard Chartered executive. With the exception of Major, all the PMs from Wilson to Major had Oxbridge degrees.
These PMs mentioned were the meritocracy in action but it did not last,we are back to the connections of the public schools to smooth the way.I suspect Wilson to Major were highly intelligent people and hence rose above the public schoolboy dross to gain the highest office.
It was a time when the apples reigned supreme, now we have the oranges screwing up the scene again. I do not think any MP can afford to be stupid, misguided perhaps. We have our MPs thrust upon us for the most part. Do we select them on raw talent or on the basis of who they know,and who imposed them on us. I would argue the system is deeply flawed and needs a root and branch revision. Is our Mp selection based on intelligence(and other qualities) or their affiliations formed before they became selected?
Superficially we seem to have three routes to becoming an MP
1)Public schools
2)Council officials
3)Trade Union Officials
and latterly a forth route via SPAD