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Relentless Egalitaliarism

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In what is (slightly comically) known as my ‘spare time’ I am Secretary of the Scottish Independence Convention. We issued a statement celebrating the date being set for Independence Day, and stated that the Scottish Independence Convention believes this is about some real choices:

  • You can leave London to decide who we invade, what we cut, who gets the breaks – or you can choose for yourself.
  • You can choose to believe in the right to advantage or to believe that a man’s a man for a’ that. Britain can’t be egalitarian – Scotland can.
  • You can chose to believe that you aren’t the best person to decide the future of your country or you can choose to believe that you are.

Britain is institutionally, structurally, demographically, culturally incapable of being egalitarian. This doesn’t seem controversial given everyday experience and the mass of historical examples over the last 100 years. It’s not surprising given the pull of The City, the concentration of capital in London, the demographics of the SE and the political culture of England. It’s not very controversial given the amount of resources and energy go into the military and the monarchy or given Britain’s historical role as an imperial power.


These simple observations irked Scottish Labour’s Duncan Hothersall who put up a spirited (if utterly empty) defence of the UK as home to endless progressive policies over the years, saying:

“I’m talking about advance of egalitarianism in the UK. Seems to me to have been slow but relentless.”

This seemed a little over-optimistic so – because it’s Friday and we’re feeling kind we’ve compiled some infographics to help educate Duncan and friends on the subject. If you have difficulty recognising the Relentless Egalitarianism of Duncan’s Brittania please share this with friends.


This is also helpful…

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  1. You might want to share this graphic produced by analysts working for Morgan Stanley as well. It not only highlights the magnitude of UK debt but also shows what sector is unique to the UK and where the effort to reduce it should be focused.

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