Danny Finkelstein, tongue in cheek, perpetuates the illusion that our hostility to the Bullingdon Club is based on "chippiness."
Politics and the media are, he claims, dominated by the ChipOx club who are still "struggling to get over the humiliation" of arguing with a drunken aristocrat at Balliol."
This is wrong on so many counts.
First, the media is if anything dominated by public school kids, not us state-educated ones.
Second, I for one never had an argument with an aristocrat at Balliol - and if I had, I wouldn't have lost. The only students at Balliol I knew were a member of Militant and a charming Canadian.
Thirdly, it's not chippiness we feel towards public school kids, but contempt. I, and I hope Clive, are quite happy with the way our lives have turned out. We don't envy Etonians. Quite the opposite. It's pitiful that such people have had so much money spent on their education and yet have (with a few exceptions) turned into no-marks. Some, I've heard, are so imbecilic that they couldn't even get into Oxford.
Even the public schoolboys who have done quite well for themselves have done little better than us. When I worked in the City, I remember talking to an Harrovian colleague and asking: "aren't you embarrassed that, with all that money spent on your education, you've ended up working next to me?"
I've often thought we should rename public schools as "special schools", designed to give an education to people who would otherwise be unequipped to thrive in normal society.