Cameron’s ex-guru slams ‘insular ruling class’ in government

Steve Hilton describes Brussels as 'a vast, stinking cesspit of corporate corruption'


David Cameron’s former PR guru Steve Hilton has launched a blistering attack on the way the country is run, warning that an ‘insular ruling class’ is threatening democracy in the UK.

In an article for The Sunday Times (£), Hilton warned of the corrupting influence held by lobbyists and big business:

“It is hard to mistake what donors intend when they give money to political parties and campaigns. Or what business people want when they take politicians and civil servants to dinner, the opera, the Brits, Wimbledon.”

Hilton also employed an argument often used by opponents of Cameron’s government, mainly that it is too homogeneous and Eton-sourced. This group of people are interested only in the perpetuation of privilege for their own kind, Hilton warned:

“When the corporate bosses, the MPs, the journalists [….] all go to the same dinner parties and social events, all live near one another, all send their children to the same schools (from which they themselves mainly came), an insular ruling class develops.

“It is a democracy in name only, operating on behalf of a tiny elite no matter the electoral outcome. I know because I was part of it.”

Hilton was careful to add that these are inherited structures and those who are part of them usually have good intentions, but that the system is so rigid that there is no room for the will of the people to have any impact.

The EU also came under attack; Hilton described Brussels as ‘a vast, stinking cesspit of corporate corruption gussied up in the garb of idealistic internationalism.’

The attack will be embarrassing for David Cameron. Hilton was the architect of the Conservative ‘modernisation’ project, and many saw his departure in 2012 as a sign that the Tories were retreating into small-c conservatism, a trend which increased in the face of the perceived UKIP threat.

In their 2012 biography of Cameron, James Hanning and Francis Elliott quoted a friend of Hilton as saying:

“He can’t believe what power has done to them all, including Dave. He thinks Dave has just become focused on power. He’s not the person he thought he was.”

In this latest outburst, Hilton urges us to make politics ‘more grassroots, interactive, accountable’ in order to ‘take back our democracy and make politics more human’. However, many will be cynical; after all this is the man who advised IDS to cut another £25bn from the welfare bill and wanted to scrap maternity leave.

Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow her on Twitter

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3 Responses to “Cameron’s ex-guru slams ‘insular ruling class’ in government”

  1. AlanGiles

    I think the quotation “He can’t believe what power has done to them all, including Dave. He
    thinks Dave has just become focused on power. He’s not the person he
    thought he was.”, could apply to many leaders throughout the world. Let’s face it on May 2nd 1997 most people thought Blair was honest and decent (“a new day has dawned, has it not?”) within months he and his henchman Mandelson were questioning the judgement, and even the psychological health, of anybody who dared disagree with him. By 2001 he was becoming a war cheerleader. Today he “advises” dictators.

    Corruption seems to be part of modern political life. Even the saintly Farage has said that he intends “to lead until 2035”) (Source: Metro 18/5/15)

  2. stevep

    Good point. Someone once said “Power corrupts, Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. They were right. One has only to look at history to see it. Politicians of all colours would do well to remember they serve the people they represent, not the prevailing establishment.

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