Thursday, April 17, 2008

One paragraph

Ok. You are projecting yourself as a left-ish thinker. You've been accused of being too relaxed about the need for social change in the country you live in, as opposed to the projection of the value of that country abroad.

You have a paragraph to make a convincing case to the contrary. To show that you understand the nature of the social problems that you think need confronting, and an idea of how those problems can be addressed.

Would it be this paragraph?

There are plenty of things wrong with the existing order here in the UK, and plenty of worthwhile fights left to fight. We need, for example, to free people from the oppression and misery of living on sink estates; break the hold of crime and violence over our young people; restore their belief in the value of education and self-improvement; provide child-care for single mothers to enable them to work; provide homes for all our citizens and residents; integrate all our ethnic and religious minorities into our citizenry; and so on. My personal belief is that the UK’s social problems are caused more by lack of education and opportunity for those lower down the social ladder, and by deficiencies in popular culture among the population at large, than they are by poverty or inequalities in wealth. I view, for example, the fact that our Labour government is committed to the target of half of all school-leavers going to university as more inspiring than any number of radicals writing about public ownership of the means of production. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush…
My paragraph would be very different. More to the point, reader, what would your paragraph look like?

7 comments:

Jura Watchmaker said...

"... deficiencies in popular culture among the population at large"

Very telling.

Simon said...

... as is "lower down the social ladder".

SP

Will said...

Verily - we are not worthy.

Soeth endeth the lessondeth.

Jura Watchmaker said...

Be quiet, you semi-literate oaf! You give entirely the wrong impression to our interlocutors.

The Plump said...

Careful, someone might mistake you for a monkey.

Will said...

I never seen no monkey mister toff.

wots one o them look like?

I once seen a chimpanzee have a big wank at the zoo - but chimps are apes so's i was told by my betters.

Shuggy said...

Perhaps it's just my prejudices but I have often thought that in the blogosphere, it's what this lot have to say about education that so frequently gives them away: hatred of the proles creeps all over them like a fucking disease...