Coal miner’s daughter

A side note in Fiona Hill’s testimony at the impeachment hearing is of interest:

This is a bit of a sidebar to her testimony but Hill’s low estimation of the professional environment in the UK has not gone unnoticed.

“Years later, I can say with confidence that this country has offered for me opportunities I never would have had in England,” Hill testified. “I grew up poor with a very distinctive working-class accent.”

Julian Borger tweets:

Unfortunately, it’s worse than that. She’s saying even in 1980’s 1990’s, you couldn’t get recognition for your talent and expertise if you had a working-class accent.
It was an indictment of Britain. …

Robbie Gramer

In new testimony, Fiona Hill issues scathing rebuke of 1960’s England

That is, her rebuke was not just of 1960’s Britain but of 1980’s 1990’s, in fact decidedly the latter since she was born in 1965 so she wasn’t starting her career in the 60s.

She continued:

In England in the 1980s and 1990s, this would have impeded my professional advancement. This background has never set me back in America. For the better part of three decades, I have built a career as a nonpartisan, nonpolitical national security professional focusing on Europe and Eurasia and especially the former Soviet Union.

And then along came the rich boy from Queens.

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