Gene Kerrigan: Furthering inequality in divided society
We can't squander the brain power of the lower classes either morally or practically, writes Gene Kerrigan
As Europe teetered last week on the brink of prolonged economic depression, three intellectual giants stepped forward to give us the benefit of their thinking. They included George 'Hooky' Hook, the media celebrity who does a much-lauded routine as a rugger bugger and all-round loveable grump. And Peter 'Suds' Sutherland, stupendously wealthy banker.
On the face of it, George was concerned only with protecting the state subsidies of fee-paying schools -- while Peter sought to protect the entire country from the ravages of economic meltdown. But look a little deeper and you see they were standing shoulder to shoulder in defence of Civilisation As They Know It.
Hooky's contribution in our hour of need was a lengthy article in The Irish Times -- headlined, 'In defence of fee-paying schools'. He treated us to a tear-jerking account of his poverty-stricken childhood and the determination of his hard-working parents to get him an education beyond primary level.