Selected Reading (16/07/10): “Geeky Young Men in Suits” edition

July 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Misc. | 4 Comments

It was touch & go whether this was going to get posted tonight. Sure, I had some links lined up, but then I learned that ‘geeky young men in suits‘ aren’t able to engage with society. Which kinda renders this blog obsolete, doesn’t it?

So which wise sage relayed this news? A media-savvy Cambridge graduate who sends her kids to private school. Yup… real Working Class Hero shit.

  • Anyway… speaking of young, geeky men in suits, how about that Zac Goldsmith eh? Haven’t seen a dude flame out that badly on C4 News since… well, Alastair Campbell springs to mind.
  • Some more people within the Labour Party seem to be getting it on prison reform.
  • If you haven’t already seen it yet – and aren’t already sick of the subject – AVPS’s post on the class dimensions of the Raoul Moat case is excellent.
  • Megan McArdle’s run an interesting couple of posts on the lifestyles & attitudes of pickup artists. They’re an odd bunch.
  • Think the Tories’ ‘consultation exercise’ on cuts was bad? It could be worse. In Italy, they’re asking the public to rank ordinary state workers to weed out the ‘under-performers’.
  • The NYT Profiles Teach For America, an education programme which is getting a lot of buzz.

And finally, in honour of Diane Abbott, here’s a ‘geeky young man in a suit’:

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  1. To be fair to Diane, her parents were poor migrants from the West Indies. Its not like she’s to the manor born, she was the first person in her family to ever get the chance to go to Cambridge and I think its good for people from working class backgrounds to go to prestigious universities.

    But as a geeky young man in a suit, I also take offences.

    • Indeed, she’s got a brilliantly inspiring story to tell about social mobility; the power that aspiration & education has to transform lives. She could’ve used her background to talk about how she wants to extend the opportunities she had to kids from the same background as her. Trouble is, she can’t run on that because then some smart journalist will ask “so why, despite having one of the most exceptional state schools in your constituency, did you send your kids to private school?” So instead of running on those good things, she’ll settle for the flaws – real and imagined – of everyone else.

      I just can’t help the feeling that the election would’ve been so much better had John McDonnell not been such a gent.

    • Oh, and this:

      she was the first person in her family to ever get the chance to go to Cambridge and I think its good for people from working class backgrounds to go to prestigious universities.

      I think the reason Abbott’s rhetoric gets me so cross is because, like her, I was the first from my family to get the chance to go to a university, and I think she’s sometimes guilty of blowing an anti-aspirational dog whistle which she should be above. Something for a long, rambly, introspective post on another day, perhaps.

      • “Something for a long, rambly, introspective post on another day, perhaps.”

        Oh, don’t let me wait too long…

        From my understanding, the schools in her area were shit when her kids were young but are good now because of the “glorious actions of the dear leader” Gordon Brown, so she’d make a different choice now. In her position I’d find it very difficult to send my kids to private school, but I suppose it might depend on how abysmal the local schools were. I think that’s the party line.


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