See this picture from LibCon (ooh, how ironic).
It’s nicely balanced. One from Eton, one from St Paul’s, one from Radley, one from Cheltenham Ladies, one from Wellington, one from Brentwood, some oiks from Grammar school, and three Comprehensive pupils slipped in.
Oh, and two from Westminster, so they’re slightly overrepresented. But it looks like the spread of public-school attendance is very even indeed … no one culture is going to dominate then. Phew.
Matthew D’Ancona makes an interesting point here:
The vast majority of children born in the Sixties did not have the option of a grammar school education, unlike Blair and Brown’s generation. So it should be no surprise that the architects of “Clameronism” are mostly privately educated.
I hate to make excuses for this, but D’Ancona may have a point. Since parties must pick who they think are good some 10-20 years after their university time (we hope), can this preponderance reflect current prejudice, or the way things looked many years ago? More interesting, perhaps, would be what the new crop of 200+ MPs look like.
All the same <sigh> there still isn’t someone from Ryde School, Isle of Wight.