Loyalty To The Crown Is The Glue Which Enables The Upper Middle Classes To Dominate The UK State

Mick Hall picks at the glue holding the British ruling class together. Mick Hall is a veteran Marxist activist and trade unionist who blogs at Organized Rage.
I (name of Member) swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.

Westminster politicians of all parties fawned, gushed, effused and almost wet themselves while listening to 'their' queen.
The oath above is what Members of the British Parliament are required by law to take. Until this oath or affirmation is taken, an MP may not receive a salary, take their seat, speak in debates or vote. They could also be fined £500 and more important have their seat declared vacant “as if they were dead” if they attempt to do so. No pressure there then.

Similar restrictions apply to Members of the unelected House of Lords, the UK's second law making chamber: they may not vote or receive allowances until they take the oath or affirmation. If they refuse they are denied access to the parliamentary chamber. Although this bunch of charlatans and political place-men and women are so keen to get onto the gravy train they would swear an oath to Satan himself.

Unlike almost all other democracies the oath of allegiance is not to the people, nor the State but an unelected head of State who come from a single family, making it almost unique in the western world. If anyone wonders why the United Kingdom is such a class ridden sink hole of inequality, which is far too often governed by third rate individuals they could do worse that consider this fact.

Of the 459 male and 191 female MPs elected in 2015 only one from the new intake broke ranks when taking the oath. Labour MP Richard Burgon broke convention by mildly calling for the end to the Monarchy:

"As someone that believes that the head of state should be elected I make this oath in order to serve my constituents." He then went on to affirm his allegiance to the English Queen.

Out the 650 MP's elected in May of this year, if we are to take them at their word, almost half claim to favour an elected head of State, yet not one refused to swear an oath of allegiance to one of the most dysfunctional families in the land. The reason is obvious. If they refused to do so they would be out on their arse. Understandable perhaps given the option they face, but what does it tell us when so many parliamentarians are prepared to take an oath which they know to be a lie? Is it any wonder we hold these politicians in such contempt?

The British crown undoubtedly sits at the pinnacle of the English class system. Its infantile and untrue to suggest the Monarchy is powerless when the UK's elected parliamentarians fear loosing their jobs if the refuse to swear allegiance to the crown.

While some MP's may not take this oath to seriously, those who sit at the head of the State apparatus undoubtedly do, whether they be senior civil servants, members of the police, judiciary, secret state, and military. All of whom have also sworn an oath of allegiance to "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God."

Loyalty to the crown is the glue which enables a small minority class who make up just over 7% of the population to dominate the UK professions and thus the State. Public school, Oxbridge educated, these people account for 71 per cent of senior judges, 62 per cent of senior officers in the armed forces, 60 per cent of senior people in the financial services, 55 per cent of top civil servants, 54 per cent of leading journalists (editors, columnists and broadcast presenters) and chief executives of FTSE-100 companies, 53 per cent of senior diplomats, 51 per cent of top medics, half of the House of Lords, and more than a third of the Tory cabinet. Wealth and allegiance to the crown and each other is the common characteristic which binds these people together.

The way the United Kingdom is run today would make the likes of the Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Totò" Riina proud. Indeed the early Mafia on the island based their traditions and practice on those of the Sicilian nobility, with kings at the top and their trusted knights below, rewarded with land, wealth, and title for loyalty. By the sixteenth century nobility was no longer exclusive. New blood was needed to refresh the old. Clergy, lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats, notaries, merchants, bankers and wealthy landowners entered the gates of the nobility. Title, like most valuables, became a purchasable commodity.

If you add media barons, CEO's of multinational corporations, and a sprinkling of Oligarchs, it could be the mockney democracy which is the United Kingdom of today.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

1 comment to ''Loyalty To The Crown Is The Glue Which Enables The Upper Middle Classes To Dominate The UK State"

  1. Great piece Mick. I wonder though is 'upper middle class' really a true reflection of the position of the ruling elite. This category are merely the gatekeepers, those who hold the power are well above that in rank and wealth in all probability


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