Do you let children play with all comers or do you select carefully based on dubious criteria? Katie Hopkins likes to select her children’s friends on the basis of names!
Katie may remind readers of Persuasion‘s Very-Very-Important-and-Vain-Sir Walter Elliot or even Born-to- Rule-Elizabeth Elliot. When Virtuous-but-Undervalued-Anne Elliot, the heroine, chooses to visit her friend rather than dump her in favour of her father’s visit to a society doyen, her father waxes lyrical about Anne’s choices:
“Westgate Buildings!” said he, “and who is Miss Anne Elliot to be visiting in Westgate Buildings? A Mrs Smith. A widow Mrs Smith; and who was her husband? One of five thousand Mr Smiths whose names are to be met with everywhere. And what is her attraction? That she is old and sickly. Upon my word, Miss Anne Elliot, you have the most extraordinary taste! Everything that revolts other people, low company, paltry rooms, foul air, disgusting associations are inviting to you.
Sometimes we think we have advanced and then on other days we realise that the more things change, the more they stay the same.