[thechat] Re: Tony Blair

Erika Meyer emeyer at lclark.edu
Fri Nov 2 18:22:06 CST 2001

>The point about most feepaying schools is that their unwritten
>agenda is to produce the people who will be running the country
>either politically or through business and train them to being
>in command. Having the accent and attitude to do it helps.

okay, I'll say it.

I think Blair's accent sounds "snooty."

But it could be the CONTENT of what I hear from him that truly grates on me.

>We're a class-ridden country. Which sucks.

Is class a mutable thing like it is here?  For example, in the US, 
some people manage to work their way up the economic and therefore up 
the "class" ladder.

I just remembered that TV show... "Keeping Up Appearances."

tee hee.  I love Hyacinth's family.  Even though every time I think 
of hyacinths I think of this poem.

Or maybe it's the just the times...

"Cracks and reforms and burst in the violet air
Falling towers
Jerusalem Athens Alexandria
Vienna London

Heading home soon,
over the bridge.


>Great line from "Another Country" (which was a play (and later
>film) about an English feepaying school in the 1920s), talking
>about the school bully:
>"Y'know, he's exactly what this school was designed to produce.
>Not empire *builders* - goodness me no, empire building takes
>*imagination* - but empire *rulers*"


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