Monday, 17 March 2008

Oxbridge Blues?

Carole Cadwalladr has them, apparently. But why?

I have nothing against Oxford or Cambridge, having gained admission to Durham on a form which did not mention either of them. But they are only as good as they think they are if each year's brightest pupil in the entire comprehensive sector is only equal to the seventieth, eightieth, ninetieth or even hundredth brightest at any given major public school. If you think that that proposition is preposterous, then you think that Oxbridge, or at least its view of itself, is preposterous.

And Ms Cadwalladr's list of her Oxford contemporaries certainly doesn't say much for the place, including as it does James Purnell, George Osborne, Ed Milliband, Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper.

We welcome Oxbridge graduates (and, perhaps even more so, Chesterton-like Oxbridge non-graduates) as potential candidates. But at least no more so than graduates of anywhere else. Including the University of Life.

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