The Ruling Class


Queen Elizabeth II and Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India

The howls of anger and derision that greeted Back Door Boris on his visit to Edinburgh to meet first minister Nicola Sturgeon were deliciously reassuring. So too was reading articles penned by well-known British opinion makers, hitherto happy to accept a posh accent as indication of leadership qualities, readily acknowledging an Etonian-Oxbridge education is likely to produce muddled-headed politicians potentially lethal if given power.

‘Viceroy’ of all India

A British unionist sees liberty as his right to do as he likes, and a licence to determine what Scotland must do. Looking at the Etonians who rule Scotland now I searched for an antecedent to understand their mentality and arrived at Earl Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, last Viceroy of India.

Mountbatten was the Queen’s second cousin, a man forever associated with the end of the British Empire. If ever there was a symbol of the British ruling class he epitomises it, the naval uniform, the medals, the gold braid and the ceremonial sword, appurtenances from a bygone age. A biography depicts him sexually as a thoroughly unsavoury type. Whatever the truth, evidence is plain to see he enjoyed dressing up in gaudy uniforms.

Wikepedia insists on describing him as a statesman. He was anything but. Earl Mountbatten of Burma’s all-too obvious absence of skills in anything was acknowledged when he was alive. (He haled from an aristocratic German family, ‘Battenberg’, the family in England Anglicising their name alarmed by the stench of Nazism.) His reputation was minced by one of his kind, the right-wing historian Andrew Roberts who described him as a “mendacious, intellectually limited hustler”.

Mountbatten presiding over the destiny of some 400 million people, given the job of taming an increasingly volatile India led by Pandit Nehru and that ‘second-level Inner Temple lawyer’ Mohandas Gandhi, an insult coined with contempt by no less than Winston Churchill, another man who thought the English placed on Earth by God to rule.

Read India’s struggle for independence and you come upon Mountbatten’s colleague, the blundering lawyer, Cyril Radcliffe, who partitioned India from Pakistan by running a red line on a map through villages, over mountains and pass, without visiting those areas first. The calamity left thousands of innocents slaughtered in the partitioning that followed. The record states almost a million people died, women raped, children murdered, the world’s largest mass of refugees created during the population transfers. But who counts multiple deaths? During India’s time under British rule an estimated $45 trillion of wealth was secreted to the UK to keep Queen Victoria’s estate all-powerful.

Plotter and plodder

Men such as Mountbatten are looked upon as defenders of ‘Britishness’ against the evils of socialism and do-gooders of society. When Peter Wright, in his book Spycatcher, claimed that in May 1968 Mountbatten attended a private meeting with press baron Cecil King, and the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Solly Zuckerman, Wright alleged that “up to thirty” MI5 officers had joined a secret campaign to undermine the crisis-stricken Labour government of Harold Wilson. (Jeremy Corbyn take note.)

Mountbatten proved not up to the coup, “reluctant to act”, a typical reaction from an Englishman who feels he can relax, finish his game of bowls, because history is on his side. MI5’s treasonable intervention reminds us how free are its Oxbridge types to divert passion from the goal of independence. No wonder Britain, the defender of democracy, is seen by our European friends as ‘Perfidious Albion’, the island of hypocrites.  

Derided as a “Master of Disaster” in British naval circles, Mountbatten represents a group of men commanding top jobs they screw up. They stumble through political crisis and come out the other side garlanded with awards and medals.

Back door Boris

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is no better than the bounders and cads of the past, creators of political fiasco, taught how to be so by costly private education, beneficiaries of England’s elitist boarding schools. He tells brazen lies about his achievements and downright criminal ones about the EU. Is he a hypocrite? No, because that’s the upper class way; they assume we know they are exceptional and entitled. They are not schooled in logic or honesty. 

Johnson is the bigot who insisted of late that potential food, fuel and medicine shortages, months of chaos at ports and possible recession under a no-deal Brexit are – (drumroll) – merely “bumps in the road”. One way or another it will ‘sort itself out.’

Taught at public school that feelings are a terribly bad thing, old chap, the Etonian will keep everything rigidly superficial. Practical minded, moral Scots find it near impossible to relate to English upper class mores, never mind their loathsome class system. They are the men who admire Wellington – an Irishman they prefer had been English – and wax lyrical over the Light Cavalry charge up the Valley of Death in the wrong direction. 

Johnson’s tenure as mayor of London was a portent of things to come, costing unrecoverable millions from the public purse in a vanity garden bridge, and his time in the Foreign Office one cock-up after another. The eternal schoolboys whose “weight is out of all proportion to their numbers” – to quote novelist E.M. Forster – are vastly over represented among Tories. They have plunged the nations of the UK into a crisis.

Hating the English

“There is no place in the SNP for those who hate the English”, Sturgeon warned, forgetting those who have ruled us, and intend to keep ruling us, pursue a fantasy of imperial-era power driven by arrogance and obduracy. They ignore Scotland’s democratic rights with a brief sentence spoken between mouthfuls of foie gras, “Now is not the time”. Or put another way, Scotland is small potatoes.

Sturgeon overlooks David Cameron and his ‘English votes for English laws’, pretty well hammering the last nail in the Union’s coffin. This is the English at India’s colonial end, imperious, egocentric, an unshakeable belief in their entitlement. They are all Jacob Rees-Moggs to a morning coat and top hat.

At last the signs are everywhere English have become discerning about the English. When The Economista publication dedicated to the British elite, decries the incompetent ‘chumocracy’ closing down our freedoms, we know arteries of the decrepit regime have  silted up. Those “Oxford chums” who coast through life on “bluff rather than expertise”, wrote the Economist, is a “chumocracy that has finally met its Waterloo.”

England, the great separatist

The terrible legacy of the British Empire is expressed in two words, partition and death. Division is the British Empire’s only strategy, divide to rule, divide to leave. The ruling elite left us the deaths of millions: India, Egypt, Suez, Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Persia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Somaliland, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sierra Leone, China, Hong Kong, even to betraying the very English protectorate of Gibraltar that voted overwhelmingly to stay in the EU. The list of grotesque disasters is endless. Scotland could become one of them.

Johnson is the man saying the Irish backstop is just “pure millennium bug stuff”. English arrogance thinks nothing of telling the Irish to rejoin the UK if it wants to be a ‘real’ nation again. English arrogance is boundless.

And now insular Albion is left with a ‘chippy’ Scotland, a nation fooled so often by false promise of political equality it could use the chits to rescue hundreds of refugees fleeing our wars in leaky boats across the seas. We want to believe the British state means well.

Scotland must educate its masters

I began with Mountbatten. He was less pigheaded than Winston Churchill. His land of hope and glory stiffens the spines of Brexiteers. Churchill was a fanatical imperialist. He refused to help Indians see the year through faced by famine in 1943 on the grounds that they “breed like rabbits.” I know, from overhearing them, there are English who are as dismissive of the Scots. Churchill was Liberal MP for Dundee in 1908, a carpetbagger, disliked for not attending to Dundee’s problems and for flashing his wealth “when he deigned to visit the city”. His associates thought the ‘lower classes’ should not be taught to read ‘lest they spend their time reading Tom Paine’. 

Just as Mountbatten knew next to nothing of Indian society, so Boris Johnson and his cronies know nothing about Scotland except it has oil, lots of it, and other great natural resources to plunder, but above all it has youth to waste in England’s wars.

It is difficult to see how the people of Scotland can be fooled again into remaining a feudal territory of England, but with the combined effort of the British state, MI5, house Jocks, BBC propaganda, smear campaigns and a natural hostility to dissent, they might pull it off a second time.

In Scotland we have Alister Jack, a house Jock presiding over us, ‘Union’ Jack educated at Glenalmond, an all-boys boarding college in his day, who might be the last secretary of state for Scotland as Mountbatten was the last Viceroy of India, two peas in a pod.

When Nicola Sturgeon the school teacher instructs us to be pleasant to our governors, assuming we agree with her particular nostrum, she calculates without the pride in superiority of the British ruling class that has never managed to co-exist with Scotland as an equal partner in all the centuries of a one-sided Union.

Let the SNP forgo finger wagging piety and instil instead a sense of destiny in Scotland.



Further reading: 

  • Mountbatten – the private story by Brian Hoey.     
  • Inglorious Empire – what the British did to India by Shashi Tharoor   
  • The Great Partition by Yasmin Khan.      
  • A Bridge Too Far by Grouse Beater:   
  • England the Oil Thief by Grouse Beater:
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14 Responses to The Ruling Class

  1. Terence Callachan says:

    Absolutely right, I’m amazed on the one hand that Nicola Sturgeon said that, but on the other reckon she is “ playing the game” for the media.
    I wouldn’t have said it if I were her there was no need, what because someone slapped graffiti on a war memorial !

    I hate the English , not every English person of course that would be silly to be so indiscriminate but I hate what england stands for and what it’s done to Scotland .
    You don’t end up having Westminster the House of Lords the BBC and all those nasty lying newspapers if you are a nice reasonable country, england have all that because English people encouraged it.

    I’m sick of people calling me a bigot because I hate England I say to them why do we have nuclear subs sneaking around the coasts of other countries far away from us ? Why are we in the straits of Hormuz ? Why are we capturing ships off the coast of Gibraltar and impounding them so what if Iran is giving oil to Syria what’s it got to with us ?
    Nobody attacks us when was the last time any country tried to attack us 70 years ago.
    Why do USA and UK have military bases all over the world how would we like it if other countries put military bases on fair isle or the east coast of Ireland etc.

    Yes I hate england I passionately want them off our backs and out out of their control.

  2. Mountbatten, was also, As is endemic in the English elite, a disgusting pederast.
    What vile sub-humans we allow to lord over us.

  3. duncanio says:

    Every time we hear apologists on the BBC or via other British propaganda outlets saying that the latest cock-up or gaff etc of Alexander Boris ‘everything’s spiffing’ Johnson is simply “Boris just being Boris” we should re-read this article to remind ourselves of the reality …

  4. Sandi Mahon says:

    An excellent post. Please read and share

  5. Kate McGarrigle says:

    And let’s be honest…nobody takes kindly to the English settler types who abound in Scotland in Edinburgh and elsewhere who lord it over us with contempt.

  6. diabloandco says:

    I watched the programme on Mountbatten and how absolutely awful those horrid chaps in the IRA were , and I thought a different thought.
    The arrogance , the entitlement , the contempt shown to others was not of the IRA’s making.
    Does that make me a bad person?

  7. No. It doesn’t make you a bad person; it makes you an insightful one.
    The English Imperialist Class or the Criminal Overclass as I prefer to describe them have such an over-riding sense of superiority and entitlement that the cannot ever comprehend that the hostility of others is a direct consequence of their own attitudes and actions.
    I sincerely hope that this is a discussion that will grow and grow until Westminster, the Square Mile of Corruption, The House of Windsor and even the Criminal Enterprise known as the USA are submerged beneath the waves of public fury.

  8. GB, Did you know that Willie MacRae was aide-de-camp to Mountbatten?

  9. Grouse Beater says:

    I did … for me, I’ve kept the connection at the back of my mind as an ‘off’the-wall’ hunch of MacRae’s alleged ‘suicide’following his announcement of ‘revelations’. I mean, suicide by the hand of a man who’d just beaten the British establishment over plans to dump nuclear waste in the Scottish mountains; a highly motivated man in charge of his life?

  10. That’s a new one on me. I assume this was during Willie’s navy days in India?

  11. Grouse Beater says:

    Intriguing connect, that one.

  12. Your right about Britain and Scotland being run by the elite. Also that Churchill believed the lower classes should not be taught to read. I know Scotland has a good education system but it still feels like the lower you are down the ladder the less literacy skills you have. Even myself I wish I was more educated. I go to the job centre and they just make you feel like an uneducated peasant. They’re so exploitative.

  13. Grouse Beater says:

    Some people who have poor literacy skills on leaving school go onto make a success of their lives. There’s a 1940’s short story – the name of its author escapes me – about a man who cannot write his name and flunks an application for a job. Distraught he goes out to buy a packet of cigarettes but cannot find a tobacconist in his locality. With a bank loan – where again he cannot sign the papers but is excused by the kindly bank manager – he opens a little corner shop and years later find himself with a string of them, selling his empire to a buyer for a million pounds. “Where would you be now”, the bank manager asks him, “Had you been able to sign your name?” But I agree with you – reading and writing proficiently should be (and is) a key goal in our education system. I touch upon it in this essay: ‘My Days as a hero’. You’ll find it by clicking on here:

  14. says:

    The Verger – Somerset Maugham

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