“The new British government and the House of Commons are not representative of the country at all.”

IIt is not surprising that in a country where women and individuals from ethnic minorities have been underrepresented in the political arena for so long, much is made today of the fact that, for the first time, none of the four most important positions in government are held by white men.

Our desire to celebrate this development is entirely legitimate. But let’s face it. On another level, just as important, the politics of diversity in England is regressing rather than advancing.

Of course, gender and race matter. But so is social class. In this case, the new government and the House of Commons are not at all representative of the country they have the responsibility to administer.

Consider the three celebrated conservatives as models of diversity: James Cleverly, Secretary of State, Soyla Braverman, Secretary of the Interior, and Kwasi Quarting, Secretary of the Treasury. All from private schools – the last from Eton, whose tuition costs are more than 50,000 euros per pupil per year and on their seats also passed Lis Truss’ distinguished predecessors, David Cameron, as well as Boris Johnson.

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And they are not alone. More than two-thirds of members of the new Truss government were particularly educated, which is not the case even for 10% of the UK population. Half of the Conservative MPs are also concerned.

wider dynamic

Interestingly, Truss herself, like the other women who reached the post of prime minister – Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May – came from public education, although like them she continued to study at Oxford. However, it dealt a terrible blow to social and economic diversity by appointing a cabinet that not only had more privately educated members than Cameron and Johnson, but even twice as many as those who made up the government. By Theresa May.

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And it is not just a matter of school, even if in the UK it is a good indicator of social background. Nor is it a problem only with the current government or the Conservative Party. This is actually part of a larger dynamic which is the actual disappearance of the working classes from political representation on a national scale.

For the first time, Parliament elected in 2019 did not include a single MP who practiced a manual profession before entering the House of Commons. This is a consequence of the fact that politics in the UK is increasingly inclined to be viewed as a profession exclusively, if not primarily, reserved for university graduates.

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