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The 7 percent who attend private schools take 50 percent of the places at Oxford and Cambridge

The top comprehensives may be able to give a child an excellent chance of an elite university place; the private schools can virtually guarantee it. All else said on the subject is waffle. The 7 per cent of children who attend private schools take nearly half the places at Oxford and Cambridge and nearly a … Continue reading The 7 percent who attend private schools take 50 percent of the places at Oxford and Cambridge

At the BBC diversity means acting and thinking like them

Two of my colleagues at the BBC have regional accents and are very experienced, yet they are constantly asked: ‘Which university did you go to?’ There is this unspoken reality that, although I look different from you, I must act, think and speak the same as you, which is then promoted as diversity. Unnamed BBC … Continue reading At the BBC diversity means acting and thinking like them

Top jobs have become more Oxbridge dominated under New Labour

Tony Blair’s pledge to destroy the establishment that controls large swathes of British life has been shattered by research showing that the country’s ‘cultural gatekeepers’ are still older, white men, most often educated at either Oxford or Cambridge. If anything, appointments under New Labour have become more male and Oxbridge-dominated” said Damian Tambini, author of … Continue reading Top jobs have become more Oxbridge dominated under New Labour

I’m young, you’re old, I hate you! Now buy me those trousers!

From the word go, at the height of the cold war, youth culture was only ever the cleverest way of dividing and ruling and alienating working-class kids from their birthright and selling them a form of rebellion which came complete with all mod cons and built-in obsolescence. Just think: all that pain, all that struggle, … Continue reading I’m young, you’re old, I hate you! Now buy me those trousers!

Why should the dregs of our society act in a caring and decent manner when our self-seeking leaders don’t care about fairness and freedom?

GBH was a seven-part TV drama by Alan Bleasdale, set in a Northern town in the Thatcher years, broadcasted on Channel 4 in 1991. In this scene Jim Nelson, the working class headmaster of a special school played by Michael Palin, sleepwalks out of his holiday caravan during a thunderstorm and crashes into a tree. … Continue reading Why should the dregs of our society act in a caring and decent manner when our self-seeking leaders don’t care about fairness and freedom?