Everyone in this nation is painfully aware of the disparity between the poor and the elite classes – everyday common citizens are shunted aside by powerful cars and large official motorcades to drive that point home. Yet we like to believe – even if it is only as a form of self-delusion – that our elected representatives are trying to bridge that gap, or at least believe that the gap should be bridged.

Enter PML-N Senator Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar – a quintessential elite – who tells a Senate committee trying to alleviate poverty that if everyone were to become wealthy, there will be no one to grow wheat or to work as labour. In his words: “This is a system created by God, and He has made some people rich and others poor and we should not interfere in this system”. Essentially the same arguments used by slavers, racists and imperial colonists to justify their shameless exploitation.

The fact that the ultra rich harbour such classist views isn’t surprising, but most at least have the decency to express such views in the confines of their opulent palatial estates. Yet for a Senator, whose oath compels him to help the most vulnerable, to hold such views and to publicly say them with such snobbery and arrogance is unforgivable.

It gets worse. When he was informed by his fellow senators that class disparity is a man made system he defended his views by giving ignorant analogies about communist China and further bigotry. No apology, no sensitivity; according to the Senator, the poor have an important purpose: probably to serve him tea. The senator is a shining example of everything wrong with the ruling classes – and should be relived from his duty of representing his constituency; the majority of which is poor and would like to see the likes of him advocate their desire for better living standards and an end to economic exploitation.

Just as we were beginning to think that Mr Yaqoob Khan Nasar was a senator that needs to be disqualified right away, he surprised us by telling us that he cared about equality after all. Specifically, the equality between Senators and elected representatives. He asked why the latter get a large chunk of development funds while the poor senators don’t get a dime to spend? Imagine the gall, seconds after saying that God made the poor to work his fields, he is crying crocodile tears because he doesn’t get discretionary funds to spend. For what? Poverty alleviations programs and rural welfare?