Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Esprit de corps

First, put down all sharp-edged tools, anything hot or breakable.

Then consider this:
Parents who send their children to private school have been so stigmatised that they have been made to feel their decision is "tantamount to treason", a leading headteacher claimed last night.

Andrew Grant, chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, said politicians and other critics of the fee-paying system should be grateful for the money parents are saving for the state sector.

And he added that without them "Britain would not have enough officers to lead its army."
Not to mention the upper echelons of the Tory Party, half the places at Oxbridge, the massed ranks of barristers and judges, the MCC, and all those hereditary peers.

It is, with good reason, the story which has attracted most comments on the Guardian site.

Oik at the back: stop sniggering, this instant! Sphere: Related Content


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Quietzapple said...

To my mind the Independent Educators should have a big beef with Chameleon.

If their charges don't manage to join the Bullingdon they will be at quite a disadvantage.

Chameleon married the daughter of one, appointed another to be his Leadership Campaign manager and subsequently Shadow Chancellor, and asked another to be his preferred candidate for London Mayor.

So supersnobs should be asking Head Master what his Bullingdon access is like, not wether the kids are happy or well rounded or educated . . .

But then, he can always come back and point out that membership of the Bullingdon is by invitation to the super rich and best connected only . . .

Osborne, who went to St Pauls rather than Eton, was called "The Oik" there - and he comes from "The Ascendancy," which is the old Irish aristocracy, and is due to inherit £40m.

So even the super snobs super duper snob one another.

How depressing Chameleon's class warfare is . . .

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