One of the insults that the left throw at the Conservative party is that they are “Tory Toffs” or that they all went to Eton or that they are all public school educated. You hear this especially from the left wing “comedians” who dominate BBC light entertainment. People likeÂ Sandi Toksvig, who, hypocritically went toÂ Tormead School, an independent girls’ school near Guildford. And Marcus Brigstocke who was educated at several private schools: St. Edmunds School in Hindhead in Surrey,Â Westbourne House SchoolÂ in Chichester in West Sussex and King’s School in Bruton, Somerset.
There is nothing wrong with having Old Etonians in government. It is one of the best schools in the world and surely we want well educated people running the country.
Likewise anyone who complains about the government containing Oxford and Cambridge graduates is being very silly indeed. Anyone in the country can go to these universities, if they are good enough. Oxford is associated with 59 Nobel prizes, Cambridge with 90. Exactly the background we need our politicians educated in.
So let’s look where the Conservative politicians in the Cabinet were educated.
- David Cameron:Â Heatherdown School in Winkfield.Â Due to good academic grades Cameron entered its top class almost two years early.Â When 13 he went to Eton CollegeÂ andÂ then did aÂ Bachelor of ArtsÂ in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Brasenose College, Oxford achieving a first-class honours degree.
- William Hague:Â Ripon Grammar School and thenÂ Wath-upon-Dearne ComprehensiveÂ followed by aÂ PPE at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First-Class Honours.
- George Osborne:Â St Paul’s School, London, and aÂ 2:1 bachelor’s degree in Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford.
- Theresa May:Â St. Juliana’s Convent School for Girls, a Roman Catholic independent school in Begbroke.Then she won a place at the former Holton Park Girls’ Grammar School in Wheatley in Oxfordshire. In 1971, the school was abolished and became the site of the new Wheatley Park Comprehensive School during her time as a pupil. May then went to the University of Oxford where she read Geography at St Hugh’s College, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in 1977.
- Philip Hammond:Â Shenfield School (now Shenfield High School) in Brentwood, Essex, and University College, Oxford, where he gained a first class degree in PPE.
- Chris Grayling:Â Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. Then Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1984.
- Michael Fallon:Â Epsom College, an independent boys’ school in Surrey. He then went to the University of St Andrews, where he read Classics and Ancient History, graduating in 1974 with a Master of Arts (MA) degree.
- Iain Duncan Smith: St. Peter’s RC Secondary School, Solihull, until the age of 14, then HMS Conway, a Merchant Navy training school on the Isle of Anglesey. He attended the Italian UniversitÃ per Stranieri (founded 1921) in Perugia for a year but he did not obtain any qualifications or finish his exams.
- Jeremy Hunt:Â Charterhouse School, where he was Head Boy, before Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with a First in PPE.
- Eric Pickles:Â Greenhead Grammar School (which became Greenhead High School and is now University Academy Keighley) in Utley, then studied at Leeds Polytechnic.
- Nicky Morgan:Â the private, fee-paying Surbiton High School before studying Jurisprudence at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.
- Justine Greening:Â Oakwood Comprehensive School. She attended the University of Southampton, where she studied Economics, and has an MBA from the London Business School.
- Patrick McLoughlin MP:Â Cardinal Griffin Roman Catholic School in Cannock, Staffordshire, and Staffordshire College of Agriculture at Rodbaston College.
- Theresa Villiers:Â independent Francis Holland School. Villiers gained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree with first class honours in 1990 from the University of Bristol, and a year later that of Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from Jesus College, Oxford.
- Stephen Crabb:Â Tasker Milward V.C. School, a voluntary controlled state maintained school in the market town of Haverfordwest, in Pembrokeshire, from 1984â€“91, followed by the University of Bristol, graduating in 1995 with a BSc in Politics.
- Sajid Javid:Â Â Downend School, a state comprehensive school near Bristol, from 1981 to 1986, followed by Filton Technical College, also near Bristol, from 1986 to 1988, before the University of Exeter, Devon, from 1988 to 1991, where he studied economics and politics,
- Elizabeth Truss:Â Roundhay School, a comprehensive school in north-east Leeds. She read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College, Oxford.
So there are 17 Conservative cabinet members and 11 of them had a state secondary education and only ONE went to Eton. So much for the lies of the left.
Thanks to Wikipedia for its help in compiling this.