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So Toby Young was hugely impressed by Boris at Oxford. But Boris is not all that exceptional. Though most of the outputs of the top public schools are cooky-cutter fake gentlemen like David Cameron, there's room for some eccentricity (we are English for heaven's sake). Off-kilter characters like Boris are not so very rare. In fact, playing the clown as he does, coming up with the apparently dopy but watch-out-I'm-brilliant act Young describes, does not proceed from a sense of insecurity or a need for compensation, but from a sure sense of absolute entitlement. If you can mess around with very high responsibility (as Boris did when Foreign Secretary, and as we may see him do with the premiership), it's because you are so rock-solid certain of your privileged position that it's a second nature. Throw in a smokescreen of silliness and charm, and the arrogance will not appear. An old trick of England's owners.

Toby Young doesn't seem to have learned this while at Oxford. He also doesn't seem to have learned that Eton is a finishing school for highly-entitled shits. The rate of success in turning out finished and polished shits is astounding. That kind of place doesn't cost a bomb for nothing.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Jul 28th, 2019 at 07:49:08 PM EST
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Why boarding schools produce bad leaders (Guardian, 2014)

But if progressives want to win emphatically without charisma, they are basically giving up all romantic voters.

by das monde on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 07:18:57 PM EST
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Private schools in the US have a similar problem. The annual total cost of attending a selective private college is upwards of $75,000 per year. Four years of undergraduate studies plus a two more to get the Masters Degree needed for reasonably-paying jobs means you need to come up with close to a half a million bucks.

It is pretty much guaranteed that these students fall into the "privileged" category.

by asdf on Mon Jul 29th, 2019 at 11:50:23 PM EST
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