Meritocrats all….

April 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm Leave a comment

Time to examine the Posh Boy issue a bit further. In response to one of my Lib Dem correspondents (do keep visiting these shores, by the way) I gave Nick Clegg credit for rising above his background and not becoming David Cameron. I also accept that Clegg, Cameron, Osborne, Boris et al aren’t to blame because they went to expensive exclusive schools.

 HOWEVER there are two issues here. Firstly, only 7-8% of people attend public schools, but these same chaps (for chaps they are, usually) attain rather more than 7% of the power and influence! Wherever there’s money, wherever there’s authority, there you will find your ex-public schoolboys. Secondly, Cameron and Clegg have spent their lives in cocoons of privilege and have never had anything resembling a proper job. Just think of that famous Bullingdon Club picture – the one we’re not allowed to see – and ask yourself how much they can know about ordinary life.

 I’m the product of professional parents and a grammar school – I don’t claim to have been disadvantaged. But everyone in this country knows that by sending your kids to a ‘top’ public school you buy them a huge head-start in life. Don’t blame the kids, don’t blame the parents, don’t blame the teachers, but blame the antediluvian system of entrenched privilege.  

 Anyone think Nick or Dave are about to change it?


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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