Sunday, December 06, 2009

The Cabinet of the Few?

How I do love Wikipedia. In light of the apparent strategy of Gordon Brown to paint the Tories as elitists who all went to private school, and this intervention by Ken Clarke, I had quick scan of the online encyclopedia for the other members of the Cabinet.
  • Alistair Darling - Educated at private fee paying Loretto School, Musselburgh, East Lothian
  • Harriet Harman - Educated at private fee paying St Paul's Girl's School, Hammersmith, London
  • Ed Balls - Educated at private fee paying Nottingham High School
  • Tessa Jowell - Educated at private fee paying St Margaret's School for Girls, Aberdeen
  • Hilary Benn - Educated at private fee paying Norland Place School in Holland Park, private fee paying preparatory Westminister Under School before attending Holland Park School, comprehensive school known as the "Socialist Eton".
  • Shaun Woodward - Educated at private fee paying Brisitol Grammar School
  • Peter Hain - Educated private fee paying Emanuel School, Battersea, London
Does being lucky enough to go a private fee paying school really matter? And before anyone asks, I did go to Eton for three days along with 120 others to take the Kings Scholarship. Didn't get in, failed my 12+ and then got kicked of Secondary Modern and got into a Grammar instead.

Am I bitter? Did failure at a young age scar me like it scarred John Prescott? No on both counts. Do I really care what school someone went too? No. It's what you do, not where you were educated that matters.

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