Charlie Falconer would have been a Labour MP, but he refused to promise Constituency Labour Parties that he would remove his four children from their private schools. The CLPs would probably not have minded or even asked if their members had been working-class. But he should have given two answers to that one.
First, that he wanted his children to hear the left-wing speakers whom the municipal Labour Right would never allow through the doors of the institutions under its control, but who speak all the time at private schools. And secondly, that he wanted at least one of his children to become Leader of the Labour Party. Of such Leaders, private schools have provided two of the last three, three of the last five, four of the last eight, and six of the 12 since the War.