Saturday, November 29, 2014

Owen Jones got a good kicking on Dateline London

Guardian journalist Owen Jones got a good kicking on Dateline London earlier today http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04tr6c9/dateline-london-29112014

When he tried to blame Margaret Thatcher for reinforcing the class divide in British society both John Fisher Burns and Bernard Burrell (neither of whom can be called right wing) shouted him down.

They were right to do so.

When in power Margaret Thatcher was opposed by public school wets (Ian Gilmour, Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler, Jim Prior, Michael Heseltine, Francis Pym, Lord Carrington etc).

She was derided as "the grocer's daughter".

In response she promoted Jewish MPs into her Cabinet - at one time she was criticised as having more right-wing Jews in her government than Likud did.

This may be an apocryphal story, but when asked why she promoted so many Jewish people she said she could be sure of their loyalty - they were outsiders like herself, and no other clique in the Tory party would have them.

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