On my mind
ROBERT Verkaik, in his polemic against public school, Posh Boys, wrote: “An Eton education teaches bombast, bluster and buffoonery”. Some may say that his observation has been painfully verified.
Even more worrying is the praise and welcome for the new Prime Minister by Donald Trump and European leaders of the right – Italian Matteo Salvini, German Alice Weidel and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.
Sadly, Johnson’s band of Brexiteers are the most privileged and elitist government leaders for generations. Some 64% of cabinet members attended feepaying independent schools.
When only just 6.5% of the wider UK population attended private schools it makes it clear how unrepresentative it is of the country at large.
Yet Britain’s obsession with private education is part of its love affair with privilege and class, and is a moral blot and an absurdity.
That such a small percentage of the population currently dominates nat-ional politics, the civil service, the judicial system and the media is an affront to equal opportunities and drives further the wedge between the powerful and the powerless.
It is clear that arguments about offering choice to parents are now fatuous – the average they now pay for a child’s place in a private school is £27,600 a year whereas the UK average salary is currently £26,500.
Our leader attended the £40,000-a-year Eton College (although last year 9th in the Top 100 Independent Schools by GCSE results and 18th for A-level grades).
Not so spiffing. This is only one of a growing number of the nurseries of aristocracy.
However, ironically and predictably, this educational ideal was eventually usurped by the wealthy and the powerful who were able to buy their advantage and privilege. Sense of déjà vu?