Lunatic. Bunch of migrants. Thick as pig shit. It’s a ghetto; there has been inbreeding.
Utterances that provide a peak behind the curtain of what the “establishment”, the politico-media class, think of the general public. Not just that these words and phrases are themselves reflections of what our politico-media class direct at us but they are also reflections of the language used about us behind closed doors. That we are expected to tolerate these slips is indicative of the attitude that we should know our place.
Now resigned Ofsted chair, David Hoare referred to the Isle of Wight as “…a ghetto; there has been inbreeding” during a Teach First conference. Teach First, for those who are not aware, is one of the businesses that has been in receipt of much redirected tax payer money to provide teacher training. A pet project of Michael Gove, Teach First has provided the Tories with a means of loosening traditional teacher training and moving it towards a privatised model. Teach First, with a stated aim of encouraging top graduates into teaching in disadvantaged schools, it should seem strange that such an environment would be considered to offer an audience for such dismissive language and ridicule.
Janan Ganesh, a Financial Times columnist and commentator on BBC Sunday Politics used the term “thick as pig shit” to refer to the collective Labour support for Jeremy Corbyn’s party leadership. A tweet, that was subsequently deleted but not before it had been screen grabbed for posterity, directed at the hundreds of thousands of people represented by the thousands who turn out for Corbyn rallies.
David Cameron famously referred to refugees fleeing the war in Syria as “a bunch of migrants” during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. Along with his dismissive “calm down dear”, it provided an insight into the language and attitudes of his cabinet and party leadership.
After ridiculously suggesting Britain should negotiate with the terrorist group ISIS, Owen Smith, in the week that he had made statements to the effect that he wanted to be a champion for mental health, chose to refer to Jeremy Corbyn as a “lunatic” during a scaled down rally in London in support of his bid to be Labour leader.
There to be ridiculed, the general public are seen as fair game by the politico-media class, sometimes they forget themselves and use in a public forum the language they use about us in private. For many, Brexit was a raised fist to just such dismissal by the “establishment” and few will ever forget Gordon Brown’s “bigoted woman” comment; it cost him his role as Prime Minister.
It’s not that they get caught out that matters, it’s that their bubble breeds the isolation that allows such attitudes to fester; the contempt dripping behind the false smiles and platitudes.