UK Conservative 2017 Manifesto - The 'Great Meritocracy'


The Tories’ new manifesto for the snap election was published yesterday, and in it they mention several times their ambition to make Britain the world’s ‘Great Meritocracy’. They say this means “a country where everyone has a fair chance to go as far as their talent and hard work will allow, where advantage is based on merit not privelege”. They plan to achieve this through a “world-class education” for all. What does UKMP think about this? Is it a good way for people to hear about meritocracy?


Meritocracy is a Radical political solution, not a Liberal one. Political movements are one of the two. So a Liberal party can only promise messages of vague meritocracy, while pandering to what voters want to hear.

The solution must be presenting the true case for Meritocracy - meaning starting with facts and evidence and the reasoning for a dramatic change in the way society is run. That’s where you will find the real political change, the real message to invite serious Meritocrats into any sort of movement.


I was just reading this on The Times website. Theresa May doesn’t know the meaning of the word Meritocracy, and just uses it as a buzz word that she thinks people want to hear.

The article stated that the Conservatives want to double a levy on businesses that don’t hire skilled British labour, which is a direct contradiction of a Meritocracy. Companies essentially have an incentive to hire certain individuals, not because of their merit, but because of where they were born.