A very thoughtful piece from beastrabban which ties in Joseph to the 19th century eugenics movement. I came across Joseph in his Black Papers role in the 70’s when the improvements in primary education were halted and disgraced.
A nasty piece of work.
Keith Joseph: Maggie’s mentor, and the man who thought there were too many poor people with retarded children. And they were breeding.
Yesterday I put up a piece about how the Tories really did have a visceral hatred of the working class, a hatred and desire to preserve the privileges and position of the ruling elite that confirmed Marx’s view that the state was the instrument of class oppression. One of the most venomous expressions of this hatred came from Keith Joseph. Joseph was Thatcher’s mentor in the Tory party, and an enthusiastic supporter of Milton Friedman’s monetarism and the Chilean dictator General Pinochet. Although he guided Thatcher and served in her cabinet, he never actually became prime minister himself because of a speech he made about the poor in 1974.
Joseph’s view was that there were too many of them, who were too poorly educated, breeding too young. Too…
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