'INEQUALITY IS ESSENTIAL'
You can see this video when you tap into my Timeline on Facebook or access my Facebook 'The Road to Corbyn' page. I find the contents of Johnson's speech vile but it is important to hear and see it being delivered to get a better measure of the man. He made what he would consider his oration in 2013 when Mayor of London.
|With my thanks to the band 'IQ' and their album 'Resistance' - I am a founder member of the group calling itself 'IQ Resistance'.|
Here is a transcript - with some commentary from me:
"As many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85 ….
[Where did that figure come from!?! - Back in 1976, I married Louise in July knowing that I would be going back to university in September - to Manchester to study for a M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies; an opportunity to engage for the first time with the disciplines of psychology, sociology and
philosophy at degree level. In preparation, I immersed myself for much of August in the library of the National Foundation for Educational Research in Slough, the town where I had served for five years as a secondary modern school teacher. My research interest became IQ as a historical construct and its uses and abuses; I was thrilled when I worked out that Francis Galton's research was founded on blatant misuse of statistics. Not long after, he was exposed more fully in the world of academia. This mattered to me. I had been diagnosed as a likely candidate for special education when I was five; my parents resisted and I went to a state primary school; I remember very little indeed about those first two years before Junior School where I did begin at last to learn to read and write; I scrapped into Grammar School with such low self-confidence; I got lucky with teachers and by the 6th Form was being prepared for the Oxford entrance exam which I passed, securing a Scholarship. I have spent my life resisting false constructs and labels such as IQ that are used by the wealthy and powerful to further their own interests.]
|Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911)|
"Britain is competing in an increasingly impatient and globalised economy in which the competition is getting ever stiffer and no one can ignore the harshness of that competition or the inequality that it inevitably accentuates and I'm afraid that violent economic centrifuge is operating on human beings who are already very far from equal in raw ability if not in spiritual worth.
[No! This is Eton debating society rhetoric; or the ammunition in a class war that I take it to be.]
"Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85. While about 2% have ...
Johnson pauses and then asks a question:
"Any of the 16% - if you want to put up your hands?"
Every speech has to have a joke in Johnson's mind. How vile the humour! How dubious the man.
"While about 2% have an IQ above 130.
And the harder you shake the pack the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top and for one reason or another, boardroom greed - or as people in the boardrooms assure me the natural and God-given talents of senior executives - the income gap between the top cornflakes and the bottom cornflakes is getting wider than ever.
|Homo sapiens reduced to a pile of cornflakes - the world according to Johnson|
And I stress I don't believe that economic equality is possible. Indeed some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses and so on. That is a valuable spur to economic activity."
There you have it: the underlying world view of a frightened and insecure man who wants to hang on to his wealth and power and privilege. Keep the 'oiks' in their place by defining them as 'thickheads' who have a natural and God-given place in the natural order. At the bottom.
|Oiks are such a nuisance!|
In my online trawling, I found this admirable article - my debt is to Steven Harkins of the University of Sheffield for this very useful guide to the abuse of biology in justifying inequalities over the last century and a half:
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J0hnson is part of a self-serving bunch of really rather nasty members of our species. Shame on them.
The words of Johnson in 2013, I referenced in TRTC (2016) - see pp.46-47; 153-4. My source was an article written by Andrew Rawnsley in the Observer (01.12.13), very shortly after the speech made by Johnson when Mayor of London.
I nailed him then. The day before my prophetic book is vindicated, I am waving the hammer again.
Copies of TRTC (2016) - signed or otherwise - are available directly from me for around a tenner using this website link: press here
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