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Thank goodness Theresa May is carrying on the fine Tory tradition of fighting against the elite

By Mark Steel

Published 08/10/2016

Prime mover: Theresa May attacked the ‘liberal metropolitan elite’ in her address to the Tory Party conference
Prime mover: Theresa May attacked the ‘liberal metropolitan elite’ in her address to the Tory Party conference

What a welcome message from Theresa May - that she's sick of the elite. The Cabinet all applauded, as you'd expect; although 27 of them are millionaires, that doesn't make them elite - they all got their money by winning it on scratchcards.

The Prime Minister was only abiding by a change to international law that states everyone who makes a public speech now has to insist they can't stand the "elite".

Donald Trump - a man whose background is so modest that, in one of his castles, he has to go outside to use the moat - hates the elite. Iain Duncan Smith, with his modest 15-up, 15-down Tudor mansion, is fed up with the elite, too. Boris Johnson stands up against the elite, because his background was so humble that one of the kids at his primary school had an imaginary friend who didn't have his own valet.

But May was more specific. She singled out the 'liberal metropolitan elite' for ruining our lives. You can understand why, because these are the very people who have spoilt everything with their liberal ways. There's Topshop's Philip Green, who wasted millions so he could complete a course as a human rights lawyer and get his hipster beard trimmed. Mike Ashley, condemned for his treatment of staff at Sports Direct, has 'homeopath' written all over him.

There's Alan 'cycle lane' Sugar, who, if I remember right, turned down his knighthood as a protest against the number of toads that get run over. And the most powerful man in the media is Rupert Murdoch, who publishes newspapers full of feminism and media studies.

One way we must stop these liberals, she insisted, is prevent human rights lawyers from haranguing the Army. She's right there: if there's one area in which human rights lawyers have absolutely no need to investigate, it's war. Whoever heard of an army that isn't careful to look after human rights? They should concern themselves with real human rights culprits, such as florists.

These abuses have come about because, for 35 years, British life has been relentlessly liberal. It started with Margaret Thatcher, who shut down the mines, so they could be replaced by documentaries on BBC4 about Tibetan dance. And she brought in the Poll Tax, but only because she was convinced this would lead to wider ownership of African wood carvings bought from antique shops.

Then, we had liberal Tony Blair, with his liberal invasion of Iraq, in which he insisted the air force only used Fairtrade depleted uranium. Now, at last, we're all sick of being ruled by these elite liberals.

Conservative figures such as Amber Rudd have this week been forced to ask "can we at last talk about immigration?" Thanks to the elite, who can think of a single occasion in the last six months when anyone in public eye has mentioned immigration?

There are some programmes on radio or television that simply refuse to discuss the issue. For example, during a first-round clash in the Swedish open snooker championship on Eurosport, a whole four minutes went by on the commentary without mention of how you can't move in Lincolnshire for Bulgarians.

And two minutes passed by without any talk of immigration during the two-minute silence on Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph. And if we can't talk about protecting our borders at that time, when can we discuss it?

The idea that we should welcome immigration is a perfect example of how the liberal metropolitan elite operates, because foreigners are all right for some, with their cheap nannies, but down-to-earth types, bless them, can't stand people who have the nerve to move over here and fix radiators or bed-bath the elderly.

This week is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, when thousands of people assembled in east London to prevent the British Union of Fascists from marching through a Jewish area. I wonder who was in the crowds that day, linking arms to defy the supporters of Hitler?

It can't have been the working class, since they must all have said: "It's all right for the elite, but these Jews come over here and lower our wages." So, it must have been the liberal metropolitan elite who took on the fascists, by hurling antique carriage clocks at them after distracting them with an avant-garde contemporary dance evening.

Theresa May seems ambitious, because she said she's going to battle an 'international elite'. So, they're global, these elites, and they can only be fought by determined, earthy, salt-of-the-earth types, such as Anna Soubry.

Jeremy Hunt, for example, looks exactly like someone who's just come off an eight-hour shift driving a forklift truck carrying tomatoes round a warehouse for Lidl, shouting "there you go sweetheart, stack them up while I sort out these elite doctors giving it all that about weekends".

If there's one thing we know about the Conservative Party, it's the natural home for common folk who want to take on the international elite.

Whenever an elite is unjust, anywhere in the world, from apartheid South Africa to military Chile, or patriarchal Saudi Arabia, it's been the Conservative Party that has bravely fought them by selling them weapons and inviting their leaders to dinner.

Just like the poor-but-happy folk down any council estate always keep a door open for a military dictator, the little darlings.

Belfast Telegraph

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