I've heard that phrase a few times over the past week.
Mainly in the context of the Conservative Party needing to get rid of them. Apparently David Camerons' cabinet reshuffle is an attempt to come across as a party of the people (all people that is) A party more reflective of the country it serves.
So William Hague is 'out' ( not sure about his politics but I do like him.. oddly perhaps he's my [only] favourite Tory) yet Gove stays?! [click]
Apparently - the phrase 'middle aged white men' has become synonymous with - racist elitist classist fudyyduddy old boys network bumchum club.
It has become synonymous with old Tory - whiteness and sexism - out of touch - and well past sell by date
Is that fair?
You see.. I know a few middle aged white men, who are not like that at all. In fact, they're okay people.
David Cameron apparently wants to bring in more women..dare I say a few black faces, and lords know who else to dress his multicultural - gender equal - conservative window.
No matter how much he dresses that window it will make little difference. There's an old Caribbean saying.. 'Same sweety different wrapper'
You see..members of the Tory party have already bought in to Tory party 'values' They may not look like 'middle aged white men', but they may have an alarming knack of thinking acting and sounding just like them.
I've known people to vote for the Tory party because they felt that doing so would grant them membership to some kind of 'special' club.. they saw it as an expression of social mobility. It's just one of the things that some individuals do, that they feel denotes social mobility. I usually roll my eyes at them.
Call me a cynic but I'm not buying it
reshuffle the deck as much as you like
..it will do little to affect the racism, socially constructed economic disadvantage, and discrimination in our society brought about through the commitment to 'whiteness'
...and I still wont vote for them
However...I did see a really hot guy at one of thier conferences 2 years ago... but.. nope.. still wont
my father would turn in his grave...twice
Gosh I'm grumpy today :)