Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Mark, Devon Post by email@example.com
You mean he didn't get a Kings scholarship to Eton nor an open scholarship to Baliol?
Or do you regard these as 'products of privilege'?>>
It is plain and obvious that Boris has had advantages in life that have accelerated him to positions of power that are clearly above his capabilities.
No it isn't!
The 'privileges' 'Eton and Baliol' he earned through open scholarship. Do you know what that means? He never cost his parents a penny for his 'privileged' education. He took advantage of an opportunity that was available to you had you the talent.
No doubt some of his pals a Eton (and a Baliol) had very rich parents maybe even landed gentry, tycoons, bankers etc,
Boris' dad was an administrator with the EU and his mum an artist. Not very grand at all. He sent to state primary schools before prep school. His prep school fees were probably met by the EU as part of his father's salary package. That's a common practice in the diplomatic service.
Two of my grandsons went to International schools. Very expensive, but it was Dad's company not Dad who picked up the bill.
He is...the type of privileged person who you still see at times in the civil service higher levels...privilege of coming from a background of knowing people in the right places, and being 'placed/helped' into positions beyond either their capability or way above their achievements to date, or both...these sort of people have to rely totally on those under them to survive....and some are smart enough at least to know this. But not Boris...his ego and inability are both too high. If he should ever lead the Tory party then they are doomed.
And now here is the real story:
"Born in New York City to wealthy upper-middle class English parents,
Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House
School, and Eton College. He studied Classics at Balliol College,
Oxford, where he was elected president of the Oxford Union in 1986. He
began his career in journalism at The Times but was sacked for
falsifying a quotation."
An aside from MM: Shades of £350m to come, eh!
"Stanley's [father of Boris] paternal grandfather was
Circassian-Turkish journalist Ali Kemal, while his other ancestry is
English, German and French. A 2008 episode of BBC's Who Do You Think
You Are? claimed that his German 3rd great-grandmother Karoline von
Rothenburg was the illegitimate daughter of Prince Paul of Württemberg
by an actress; the prince was himself a descendant of King George II
of Great Britain and King Frederick William I of Prussia."
So he's a bit of a mongrel, really.
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