“It took me an extra five years to get where I am today because I didn’t go to Oxbridge,” was a comment one senior journalist made to me recently. There’s a reason Westminster is stuffed full of those from the same public schools and red brick universities. It’s because, like it or not, social networks and money matter.
The Left’s answer to this social mobility problem seems to be to strip away those advantages by pulling everyone down to the same level. The true answer, though, lies in insurgency. We must help people break into that system.
Growing up in Sheffield in an area which had good first and middle schools but poorer performing secondaries, I saw rich families sending their children to state schools until they reached secondary age, and then shelling out for a private education. My parents couldn’t afford that and at the age of 14 they sent me and my twin brother off to Bournemouth to sit the grammar school entry tests. When we passed they moved our family down there. Many of the children I was at school alongside were from wealthy families who had sent their children to private primary schools and paid for tuition for them so they could pass the entry tests for the grammar schools.
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