Government advisor resigns after recession remarks

Literally hours on from my previous post about class in British society and its effect on the recession, a Government advisor resigned after making inappopriate remarks about the current economic downturn.

Lord Young, a businessman, former Thatcher Government minister and Tory peer, echoed Harold Macmillan’s famous remarks from the 1950′s that Briton’s had ‘never had it so good’. He also referred to the recent downturn as a ‘so-called recession’. Amusingly, his wikipedia entry states that he has ‘not yet’ resigned from his position as Government enterprise advisor. We can only wait and hope.

Lord Young went on to say:

“So, you know, I have a feeling and a hope that when this goes through, people will wonder what all the fuss was about… Of course, there will be people who complain, but these are people who think they have a right for the state to support them.”

These kind of comments show just how removed some sections of society are from reality. The funny thing is, I can sense what Lord Young was trying to say, but he went completely the wrong way about it. They are insulting to people who are struggling, and even more so coming from somebody who quite clearly does not have to worry about where the next meal is coming from, or whether he is going to be laid off. It’s up there with Barbara Bush saying ‘this has worked out quite well for some people’ after Hurricane Katrina, or even Marie Antoinette’s ‘let them eat cake’.

What’s worse for me is that Cameron hired somebody like Young in the first place, it shows either a breathtaking lack of judgement, or it belies the fact that maybe deep down our Dave agrees with Young. It’s all very well for Young to say that he should have chosen his words better, but this is a smokescreen – these are the fundamental thoughts of a whole section of society and the party that represent it. Even if he hadn’t said it, its still what he was thinking deep down. And this naivetey, snobbery and selfishness is what the programme of cuts are based on.

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10 responses to “Government advisor resigns after recession remarks

  1. John Erickson

    For another wonderful “foot-in-mouth” moment, visit our friend Andreas Moser’s blog about a German minister:
    http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/german-minister-incites-racism/
    There’s one other aspect of this, and other recent, political missteps that bothers me. There is a troubling trend of “apologise and redeem” in both the political and entertainment communities. Cheating on your wife is supposed to be a sin, but all should be forgiven if you say “Sorry”. Make racist comments and you should be censured by your peers, but a quick apology and all’s well. One of our American football players, Michael Vick, was convicted of raising dogs so he could have them fight to the death “for entertainment”. He was found guilty in court of numerous animal cruelty charges. But now, after some fines and a brief “Sorry”, they now want to put him in the football Hall Of Fame! Why not have your RSPCA or our ASPCA adopt Hitler as a poster boy? He was kind to his dog Blondi! (Yes, I know he tested his suicide pills on the dog first.) No one in power seems to understand that they have responsibilities, and that includes engaging brain before putting mouth in gear!

  2. x

    Did Marie Antoinette really say that? Um. Your history homework young JD is to go and find out…….

    • James Daly

      Good question, I suppose it might be apocryphal – look for how long everyone bought into the Browning ‘Bridge too far’ hype until it dawned on us all that there was no credible proof for whatsoever that he actually said it.

      • x

        Actually she did say it…….

        ……..unfortunately the baked goods she was referring to was a sweet bread that was a delicacy that could only be afforded by the “rich.” When the poor said they had no bread she thought that she was offering an alternative available to all. So cake strictly speaking no. Out of touch yes.

        • John Erickson

          I thought it was said out of derision, in essence dismissing the worries of the commoners over availability of food. ‘Course, my ancestors were German, British, and Scandinavian, so French history has never been my imperative. I do study French firearms, though. Great guns, tough enough to withstand multiple droppings! (Oops! Sorry, wrong thread. Bad French surrender jokes reside elsewhere!)

          • James Daly

            All just goes to show the folly of having leaders making decisions that affect society who have no idea how the majority of people live.

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