What Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng think of Indian children

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Ten years ago, Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng wrote a book with three other MPs titled Britannia Unchained. Along with fellow authors were Priti Patel, Dominic Raab and Chris Skidmore, Ms Truss (or Librium Liz) and Mr Kwarteng (or Kamikwasi) argued that Britain had become a “bloated state”.

It was beset by “high taxes” and “excessive regulation”, they said. The country looked especially decrepit and lacking in ambition compared to Asia. Only the free market could set Britain free.

And then there was this line: “Whereas Indian children aspire to be doctors or businessmen, the British are more interested in football and pop music.”

It’s kinda heartwarming I suppose, (if you’re Indian) that Librium Liz and Kamikwasi have such admiration for Indian children (and their helicopter parents). That it is a generalisation doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t any elements of truth.

One must take one’s comfort where one can, even as the pair struggle to repair their efforts to crash the British economy.

Originally published at https://www.rashmee.com on October 3, 2022.

Also read:

Librium Liz and Kamikwasi’s Britain: ‘You have to laugh or you’ll cry’

‘It’s not hard to be a political humorist when you have the whole government working for you’

Time for a British version of Andy Borowitz’s ‘Profiles in Ignorance’?

‘Librium Liz’ has been doing a good job of sending herself up

Kamikwasi, Librium Liz: The great British joke factory

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PhD. Journalism by trade & inclination. Writer. My novel 'Pomegranate Peace' is about my year in Afghanistan. I teach journalism at university

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PhD. Journalism by trade & inclination. Writer. My novel 'Pomegranate Peace' is about my year in Afghanistan. I teach journalism at university