Thursday, 19 July 2012

Professional Disrepute

I received the following email from a longstanding friend. As I'm not a subscriber at present to any of the mainstream UK Newspapers I would have missed the letter he has sent me in full and which I reproduce here.

This was a letter in the Daily Mail today, from a Mr. Paul Laxton of Huddersfield.  His letter chimes very well with your Dilbert post, so please indulge me whilst I reproduce it in full:
As a working class grammar school boy, my parents and teachers expected me to enter the professional classes.  I’ve been a member of two professions, a teacher in comprehensive schools from 1979 to 1984 and a member of the Prison Service, rising to deputy governor.

Why did my parents aspire for me to enter a profession?  Professionals were respected and respectability was the prime working class virtue.  They had earned the deference they received.  One of the most striking features of my adult life is the way that respect has eroded – and thrown away by the professionals themselves.

After the ordeal of professional photographer Cinnamon Heathcote-Drury – who was accused of pushing a pregnant Muslim woman to the floor – was swiftly concluded by the common sense of a jury, I can’t stay silent.  I was shocked that he arresting officers didn’t conduct even the most rudimentary investigation to establish the facts.  This case is only one of a long line in which police credibility has been eroded by incompetence, partiality and political correctness.  The legal profession, too, now attracts the greatest opprobrium of all, apart from banking.

Meanwhile, judges bring the whole notion of justice into disrepute by elevating the rights of foreign criminals, desperate to stay in this country and enjoy the benefits of our generous welfare state, at the expense of citizens whose children have been mown down by speeding, unlicensed vehicles driven by uninsured drivers.  The ‘no-win-no-fee’ provisions brought in by Jack Straw have encouraged the rapacity of lawyers, the culture of entitlement and the frequently absurd claims of human rights abuse.

The Church of England tears itself apart over gay clergy and female bishops at the expense of the moral and religious messages its declining adherents are straining to hear.  The Catholic Church has also forfeited respect by its ostrich position over paedophile priests.  Teaching was already falling victim to progressive nostrums when I became a student in 1974.  Since then discipline has been banished, achievement cheapened and standards abolished.

I have witnessed the diminution of prison service senior management and was, for a time, ashamed to be associated with the profession of prison governor.  How did we get here?  The educated elite of my generation came to power in 1997.  New Labour abandoned both Methodism, and conventional Marxism, and embraced the ideas of Antonio Gramsci, who taught that revolution came through the infiltration and subversion of the political and civic institutions of the State, and the ideas of Herbert Marcuse, who advocated the control of language and the consequent intolerance of free speech.

Tony Blair was the perfect front man for the revolution that has all but destroyed the reputation of our professions.

I think he has hit the nail fairly and squarely on the head.  The enemy is indeed within.  Feel free to use this on your blog.

I have several thoughts on what Mr Laxton says. Chief among them is that he is right on almost every level, though I would say that the slide into 'disrepute' of the professions, especially teaching and the law, began even earlier than 1997. Blair simply accelerated it and extended, or perhaps simply made it all obvious.

The judiciary has long been a target of infiltration by Fabianists, so has teaching and the University faculties. The Civil Service was targeted early, since that is the real 'government' of any state and the clergy of almost all churches are largely the product of 'liberationist' and 'liberalist' theological training centres. Those that aren't are, sadly, the product of fundamentalist schools and an even bigger threat to real faith.

Most people don't know that all the Labour ideals are founded in the Methodist teachings of the Welsh and English "Methodist Societies" (Methodism isn't a "Church" in the UK where it is still, constitutionally, a "Society" of the Church of England as founded by the Wesley brothers). The entire ethos of shared wealth, shared effort and support for the aged, infirm and the destitute comes from Methodist Christian teaching and not from Marx. What Labour have done, is remove the Christian principle and replace it with a mishmash of atheist, humanist and secularist ideologies. Even Marx has suffered the rewriting of his ideas to suit a new class of Oligarchs.

A brief study of Plato's analysis of 'government' shows this. An Oligarchy arises when personal wealth becomes more improtant than the well-being of the state or community. The hallmarks are -

  • People break the law for money, virtue is abandoned in pursuit of wealth (and before anyone points at Mrs Thatcher, I would point to the fact this has been evident in British society for a lot longer than her brief period in office),
  • The rich and famous are honoured and cultivates, virtue is neglected or denigrated, and
  • People prefer trade, materialism and money to virtue.
The flaws of such a society include -

  • Rulers are elected because of material successes, but who picks the richest sailor on a ship to command, when he can't navigate?
  • Two classes arise; the rich and the poor, but they are united in being afraid to defend their society against external enemies, developing a symbiotic dependence,
  • The love of money leads to evasion of taxes, giving rise to rising demands on those who do. Infrastructures suffer and fall into disrepair, and
  • Homeless people wander the streets, impoverished, angry, but powerless to change the system, so they resort to crime, that provokes ever more restrictions on freedoms for everyone ...

Anyone recognise the pattern here? Plato postulates that this situation eventually gives rise to democracy, but I'm not sure of that, after all, it is our democracy that has descended into this form of Oligarchy.

Blair completed the process of bringing the "professions" into disrepute, but he went further, he reduced the rising technical professions to "tradesmen" and promoted incompetence. My, and Jim's profession has suffered badly from this promotion of unqualified 'managers' selected on purely politically correct and ideological grounds. Since 1997 every white Briton has been labelled 'Institutionally Racist' and every white British male as 'potential abuser of woman and children, over represented in the workplace and sexist.' That is Blair's real legacy which, taken with the ludicrous approach to policing and justice is a large part of the problem the UK now faces.

Not only have our 'professions' fallen into disrepute, but our entire society has been subsumed into an Oligarchy. The New Oligarchs are the Political Classes and Bureaucrats and their benefactors in Banking, Law, Commerce and the Arts. As Mr Laxton says, the language and the organs of state have all been perverted to this cause - and we let it happen.

1 comment:

  1. What we are witnessing is the outcome of years of cultural marxism and 'progressive' politics preying on the body and soul of our nations. It is interesting to note that despite what has happened, it is still labelled a 'success' and a 'settled concensus' (viz. human rights, immigration, EU membership, etc.), thanks to a naive electorate, compliant media and lazy or frightened journalists. What is frightening is that we actually vote for the bastards who make it worse, so it's our fault as much as anyone elses!

    Slim Jim