May 7th, 2015

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Meanwhile, across the Pond


Some of you might've heard already that there's an election ongoing in the UK (and some might've even pretended that they care, hehe). This appears to be a rarely interesting election actually, which in Britain's case says a lot. Curiously, at the very end of the race, Cameron appeared to have made a Freudian slip, admitting to some workers at a supermarket in Leeds, "This is a vote that will be crucial for me". He soon realized the slip, so he hastened to correct himself, "...that will be crucial for our country". In reality, many Britons hate him in their guts exactly for being a career politician. As if he's scoring for achievement points.

So let's look back at his career history. After he graduated at the university, David Cameron started working at an advertisement agency, but he didn't stay there for too long, because he soon moved into politics. He was an aide to the conservatives at first, and this opened his way to a quick career in politics. Undoubtedly being a good orator with refined manners, about a decade ago he managed to take the reins at the then fragmented party, and then to unite it. During Tony Blair's tenure, the Tories had been pushed into the political periphery; they looked outdated, archaic, backward. Back then, David Cameron promised to change this, and in 2010 he did manage to defeat Labour PM Gordon Brown.

Cameron brought a lot of personal friends to 10 Downing Street, and made them members of his cabinet and close advisors. Later though, this became one of the major problems of his government, which ended up being run by a clique of graduates from the elite high schools and universities like Eton, Oxford and Cambridge - all of them sharing a privileged background, emerging from the high class. There was also a notable shortage of women among them, a problem that the Tories have been unable to overcome even to this day. So far, the conservative party remains an almost exclusively male club.

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