Monday 20 November 2017

A 'rough edge' has its uses

Sir -- Ruth Dudley Edwards had me reaching for the sick bag after reading her thoroughly snobbish article on David Cameron's style of leadership (Sunday Independent, August 1).

Of course, David Cameron, as an Old Etonian, has good manners along with the supreme self-confidence that the prime minister's job is his natural 'birthright'. And, yes, he hobbled a coalition government with Nick Clegg as they are both public school boys and know that winning is far more important than just being nice to each other.

Gordon Brown, by contrast, was the Scottish grammar school boy with a chip on both shoulders. Ever the Caledonian outsider, he seemed to wage class warfare against the Oxbridge public-school elite who still rule the UK.

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