Peter Hitchens has proposed a new Senate to replace the now hopelessly beyond reform House of Lords. Hitchens is one of the few remaining great conservative columnists writing in a national newspaper; many others have either been purged or capitulated to the great re-education camp that is Britain’s main stream media.
The requirements for standing and voting for this new Senate make interesting reading. I was delighted to find that I retain a vote, and that in fact I could use that vote to support my co-editor Kathy Gyngell who I would convince to stand for this new body.
Hitchens tells us that the new Senate “should ban anyone who is a current member of a political party, or has been a member in the last five years. It should also ban anyone who has ever given more than £100 in any year to any party.” (Check!)
“Nobody under the age of 55 should be able to stand for election, and nobody under the age of 30 should be able to vote in those elections. Nobody under 55 knows anything much about life. Nobody under 30 knows anything.”
At the ripe old age of 34 I get a vote.
Hitchens also proposes: “There should be seats reserved for women who have chosen to bring up their own children rather than go out to work, and quite a few seats for men and women who have served in combat and seen the face of battle.”
This is where my co-editor comes in; having chosen to raise her children herself Kathy would be an excellent candidate for the Senate.
Many will no doubt dismiss this as another barking idea from Hitchens but the truth is that it is no more barking than the current House of Lords, stuffed to the gills with cronies and party donors. And with the reserved seats it would potentially bring some of that much needed ‘diversity’ the Left love to bang on about.
When the Left talk about diversity they are not interested in the diversity of ideas. They are only really interested in people who think the same as them and follow the same destructive PC liberal worldview but look slightly different to the ‘norm.’ However, just because you happen to be a woman or an ethnic minority or an ethnic minority woman does not suddenly mean we are an inclusive country tolerant of ‘diversity.’ This is laughable.
No one has control over their racial or ethnic background or their gender. I am not interested in these things that you cannot change. What I am interested in is what you do have control over – your political views in addition to your professional and working background, skills and life experience you might bring to a job. A range of different life experience and political views is real diversity – not the fake nonsense we get bombarded with by our current non-diverse politicians.
Let’s just look at our current oh so diverse crop of rulers by university experience: There is Dave (PPE, Oxford), Gideon (Modern History, Oxford) and the other choice at the election Ed Miliband (PPE, Oxford). Are we feeling diverse yet? Then there are the advisors. Camilla Cavendish is new to Downing Street and also studied PPE at Oxford. She has a different gender to the others but this is not my idea of diversity.
And on and on we go. It is the same through the media and the universities and all the major cultural institutions – even if the actors are diverse in appearance they are relentlessly predictable in their world-view.
There is nothing wrong with going to a good university of course, but alarm bells should ring if the dominant philosophy of all the major parties – including the so-called Conservative one – is a progressive liberal one. And that is sadly what we are stuck with.