21 Sep '14

News Posh Britain: will they always lord it over us?

In new film The Riot Club, based loosely on the antics of the notorious Bullingdon boys, a gaggle of toffs trash restaurants for larks. Who are these people, how did they turn out like this and what does it tell us about privilege today?Modern Toss on posh BritainThe posh, like the poor only more noisily, are always with us. Consider the new film The Riot Club. It is, youd think, a devastating critique of Britains ruling classes, an adaptation of state-school-educated dramatist Laura Wades 2010 play Posh, which, by dramatising the wretched roistering of a restaurant-ruining university dining society closely resembling the real-life Bullingdon Club to which so many of our current rulers belonged, skewered the sense of entitlement to power of a privileged, wealthy, public school and Oxbridge elite. The play, at least, was timely: it was staged just as that elite was about to become the government and put its collective foot more firmly on the throat of the poor than previous administrations.When Michael Billington reviewed Posh in 2010, he complained it was too implacable. [Wades] argument would be even stronger if it admitted that, even within the ranks of the bluebloods, there were occasional spasms of doubt and decency. But what made Posh bad drama for Billington made it good politics (certainly if youre of a socialist persuasion): why dramatise the decency of the posh when we, if only figuratively, should be strangling George Osborne with Boris Johnsons entrails? Continue reading...

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