CHARLIE BELL on why Ian Bone’s protest is little more than a load of hot air.
The revolution is coming.
Or so we are told to believe by the most recent addition to the Cambridge chump contingent – the maddeningly incoherent Ian Bone. Bone, a man who in his blog seems obsessed with swans (some might say he’s quackers), has decided that the game is up for Cambridge; it’s chumps vs bumps. He’s coming on down – and he’s going to teach the Eto-, no sorry, Cambridge students a bloody good lesson. The shits.
Now if any of you were thinking of joining Mr Bone for his punishment procession, I wouldn’t worry about booking in advance; last time he marched he had almost as many people as there are brain cells in Sarah Palin’s thick skull. And please note: this is class war. No toffs, etc. Just in case you were thinking of joining in.
The problem is that Bone isn’t as much of a moron as he first comes across, no matter the fact he hasn’t been able to keep a political group together for more than a few months. He, along with an unusual bedfellow Michael Gove, is appalled at how private schoolboys dominate public life. He’s wrong in his assertion that Cambridge is Eton plus, and no one other than deluded idiots and Fiona Millar believe that.
But he’s not completely left field – Cambridge, major firms, the law, medicine and so on are still very private-schooly. Bone’s antics don’t help our access agenda; but in truth, Cambridge will take the kids with highest grades. It’s the fault of progressive governments who have consistently failed youngsters by refusing to rethink education, or understand the link between parental wealth and circumstances, and school success, meaning that the highest grades disproportionately come from private schools, and some schools still say ‘we don’t send kids like ours to the major universities’.
This is a guy fed up with the Westminster bubble, full of professional politicians who haven’t the first idea about life, having been groomed through party offices since conception. He quite rightly suggests that the left are either stupid (SWP) or shite (everyone else), and, like many of the disappointed anarchists and sociopaths, thinks violence is the only way forward. Which is where he loses respect.
This is the guy who published a calendar called ‘Hospitalised Coppers’, which does what it says on the tin. Like a lot on the left, he cannot wait to put the boot in to the ‘pigs’ – that bastard group of people who keep our streets safe and protect the public. Now don’t get me wrong, the police force is not a paragon of virtue, but HM Constabulary is made up of a large number of hardworking, working class people – the exact people he claims to represent.
The reality is that Bone is a failed anarchist, and a bit of an irrelevant twat. He might come to bumps and cause a nuisance, but not much more. But he does leave a few questions hanging in the air, even if we disagree with his answers; and maybe, rather than getting pissed off with him, we should find some of our own.