1. Anyone seriously basing policy change on the existence of “drinking clubs” needs to get out of North-East life and look at how the world of recruitment and employment works today, not in PG Wodehouse books.
    No employer or institution worth it’s salt employs anyone in background rather than aptitude and attitude.

    In Scotland, including St Andrews, over 90% of the independent pupils live at home and walk, cycle, or bus to school. How that qualifies as keeping them “hermetically sealed from the plebeian masses” Is a mystery – flowery writing is fun to read, but it’s a dreadful basis for change.
    Bear in mind Scotland is the only country in the world with a specific, binding public benefit test for independent schools – something, it should be remembered, that academically selective, fee-charging, tax-payer funded universities have so far avoided.


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