On Wednesday March 20 Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his spring budget to the people of Great Britain. It will detail the economy and predict future growth. What is omitted will be telling, as the budget will include a good deal of spin. Then Osborne will get down to business announcing proposed policy changes which could affect any number of citizens, mainly negatively.
Sat alongside Osborne, on the front-benches of the coalition will be a few multi-millionaires, such as David Cameron and Nick Clegg. This cabinet is full of politicians who play at politics. That is a fair assumption when you consider they have no need to hold down such a job. There is of course the power and control aspect of holding a leading role in government.
In the past wealth has not always led to such assumptions. The UK, like most countries, had wealthy individuals seeking office for reasons of philanthropy or the good of the nation. These though are rare.
To consider what is wrong with the likes of UK PM David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson let us look at their schooldays. There is an old saying along the lines of “show me the child and I will show you the man” which rings true for these three men.
Educated at public school and then University, in the UK, they joined the exclusive Bullingdon Club when studying at Oxford. According to Wikipedia the Bullingdon Club, founded in 1780, is an exclusive society at Oxford University, noted for its grand banquets and boisterous rituals, such as 'trashing' of restaurants and college rooms.
That information alone offers an insight into the behaviour and attitude of these men but there is more. Members of the club buy expensive tailor-made, blue and ivory suits, which they wear for functions. When they host or attend one of their functions any damage is paid for on the spot. Events are often rowdy, which has led to some local establishments opting not to host any.
Above all members must display an ostentatious disregard for money. The more money wasted the better. A perfect background for a country’s Chancellor and its Prime Minster?
Historically a sporting club, these days the Bullingdon’s main feature is dining. Elections for club membership are held twice a year. Once accepted into the inner sanctum of the Bullingdon Club other members will arrive in your university rooms. You will have to eat a full tin of Coleman’s mustard and allow the men to trash your room to complete your membership approval.
If you are not yet convinced that Messrs Cameron, Osborne and Johnson, as members of this club, are not fit for office read on.
There have been reports this year of one initiation which involved the prospective new member of the club burning a £50 in front of a tramp. Doubt has been cast over that allegation but there are others.
Wikipedia reports "some students had taken habitually to the drunken braying of ‘We are the Bullingdon’ at 3 a.m. from a house not far from the Phoenix Cinema. But the transcript of what they called the wife of the neighbour who went to ask them to be quiet was written in language that is not usually printed".
On Wednesday when Osborne gets to his feet in the House, to deliver his budget, cast your eyes over coalition front benchers. Their smug faces, as announcements about welfare reform, benefit cuts and more tough austerity measures are made, will betray their real feelings.
Osborne is set to deliver tax cuts to the wealthy in the UK and once again expect the poor and the vulnerable in the UK to pick up the tab. Why won’t he hit the wealthy in British society? Could it be because they are all old school chums and club members?
If you believe Tory propaganda that the coalition is sorting out the mess left by labour or addressing the country's deficit you are mistaken. That may or may not happen but it is not their priority. Their priority is shielding the elite from a financial hit.
The old school chums made years ago.
Osborne ploughs on with austerity-Guardian