Letter to the Editor - August 12: No cure for elitism

THE measures suggested by Dr Dale Kerwin ("End of the age of entitlement", Advocate, August 5) represent an excellent treatment for False Royalty Syndrome (FRS), a condition that afflicts those members of our society who consider themselves to be elite.

Many politicians, media moguls, certain members of the legal fraternity and organised religion, and the unjustifiably wealthy are known to suffer from FRS, the symptoms of which include an exaggerated belief in their superiority over ordinary people, a tendency to place themselves above the restrictions of common law and an absolute belief in their entitlement to satisfy their own needs at the expense of others.

Sufferers are known to use public money for private purposes, such as helicopter transport to non-job-related functions and taking family members on overseas holidays while they allegedly engage in work-related meetings, and they will frequently be witnessed foisting personal opinions, in the guise of fact, upon the populace through the protected medium of parliament.

Elitism is rampant in our society, at all levels.

Sadly, False Royalty Syndrome is incurable.

It is an affliction which has diminished the human race since we first stood upright upon the planet, and it will continue to do so until there occurs a fundamental change in human nature.

Julian May,
Boambee East

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