So, quite a depressing article. What has gone wrong with Britain? Who is to blame? Let’s list the usual suspects in no particular order.
- Mrs Thatcher
- The Guardianistas and associated pinkos
- Britain’s class system
- Single mothers
- The Playstation Generation
- Generation Y
- Etc, etc
So, what is the cause of Britain and its social problems?
- Neets (NEET: an under-25 Not in Education, Employment, Training)
- Chavs (no real German equivalent, but ungefähr – “prolisch”)
- One of the lowest proportions of single parents in work in the EU, and one of the highest proportions of children in single-parent households (source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323701904578275431163874810.html)
- Generation after generation of British males who have never worked for a living
Is the answer “All of the above”? To paraphrase Henning Wehn,
The British talk in code. You say, ‘The working class,’ when you mean, ‘the unemployed.’
Many a true word said in jest, Herr Wehn… So, what has gone wrong for the British working class?
- Are white working class males literally less visible than BME (black and minority ethnic) people?
- Are they less visible to the Guardianistas? We can all be passionately ant-racist, but is being for Wayne and Waynetta’s social advancement quite as racy to the Guardian readers? “I love West Indian cooking. You must give me the recipe,” is probably a more fun conversation than mixing with the great unwashed from that council estate that we try to keep Miranda and Piers away from.
- Are teachers’ aspirations and expectations for the youngsters under their charge really that high? Do too many schools have a secondary modern ethos? Give the oiks enough education so they can read and write to fill in housing benefit forms, and that’s probably the best we can do. When I was at school in the mid-80’s in a bog-standard comprehensive, the careers lesson was typically a case of, stick on a video about joining the Army (not as an officer, as if you needed to be told). (“Don’t worry, girls. Next week, there’ll be a video about office work.”)
- Is the difference between private schools and the state sector more than just about money and class sizes? Is the Weltanschauung of independent schools that of nurturing: “We are developing the future leaders of this country.” Is the attitude of state schools that of pest control: “Working class kids are fundamentally a rabble. They need to be controlled and made to do as they are told. They are one big mass of proles (unlike our own offspring).” (Proles: see George Orwell’s book, 1984.)
- Are the British really that family-orientated, anyway? Are kids a bit of a nuisance, if truth be known? All that extra cost and hassle. Finding a babysitter, having to interact while I want to watch Jeremy Kyle or knock back Lambrusco…
I despair. I truly do.