All of us columnists like to think that our own random personal experiences explain the world. But I went to Oxford in the 1980s, so mine really do. Me on the origins of today's Tories, Brexit and the unravelling of Britain
"I deplore what my contemporaries are doing to Britain." My colleague 's sublime essay on the catastrophe wrought by small coterie of horribly entitled and supremely incompetent Oxonians.
Lacerating essay on his Oxford bluffer contempories (Boris Johnson, Gove, Cameron, Hunt) who brought us Brexit #ToryLeadershipElection via
A deep and depressing dive into how the class structure in the UK led to Brexit. Isnt it time we all demanded more qualifications from our leaders than simply processing a privileged education and upper class upbringing?
This is absolutely magnificent, and tells you everything you need to know about why Britain is doomed, why I left, and why all of this should never have happened in the first place
With Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt all alumni from the University of Oxford, is the Conservative leadership contest really just another Oxford Union debate?
Superb article about the network of closely-connected people (also mentioned in #MiddleEngland ch. 37) who are presiding over our current anti-elitist revolution.
This, by Simon Kuper, about Oxford in the 1980s is as shaming as it is accurate (very). Roots of UK’s political ills in privilege, amateurism and oafish sociopathy. (Strongest argument yet for turning Oxford into a graduate institution )
This is a fascinating and unsettling analysis. How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister | Financial Times
How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister
Fascinating snippet from this FT piece - Simon Stevens as “Oxford’s most talented off-the-cuff tutorial faker”: “Recently Simes read out almost half of an essay to his tutor before his partner revealed that he was ‘reading’ from a blank piece of paper.”
Read of the week - On popular debaters, superficial articulacy and speaking without knowledge. Why real imposters have no imposter syndrome. How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister - via
Fascinating read about how Oxford shaped #Brexit & Britain’s political class
This piece by about the posh Tory blokes who rule Britain as if by hereditary right, and how they created Brexit, is a brilliant read. The FT is hands down Britain's best daily, and it's pieces like this that show it. Truly worth a sub
With Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt all alumni from the University of Oxford, is the Conservative leadership contest really just another Oxford Union debate?
. 's recollection of these charlatans is the same as mine. It seems ridiculous to me now, as it did then, that we should be governed by people this lightweight
Suitably depressing Sunday read to commemorate the referendum anniversary - a view on the collusion of the British education system with the current reign of political incompetence, callousness and megalomania
Fascinating article on how the Oxford Union style of florid rhetoric and no facts has led the UK into its current mess.
Boris Johnson, 1988: “The tragedy of the stooge is that . . . he wants so much to believe that his relationship with the candidate is special that he shuts out the truth. The terrible art of the candidate is to coddle the self-deception of the stooge.”
How Oxford University shaped Brexit and Britain’s next prime minister - a must-read ⁦⁩ essay on the insular world of our establishment
Smart and true. I was there. How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister via
I loved this piece from start to finish
This essay is terrifying (also, I was not expecting the Frank Luntz cameo).
How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister
How Oxford university shaped Brexit — and Britain’s next prime minister. Excellent by ⁦⁩ ➡️“In the small, insular world of the British establishment, every so often a clique of people can exert an extraordinary influence”
Well this is informative, well written and supremely depressing...
Fine and depressing account by Simon Kuper of the Oxford toff origins of the entire Tory leadership.
Excellent account that matches my experience. I now consider it a mark of distinction that I not only arrived at but also graduated Oxford "uncertain, terribly dressed, trying to find [myself], often wrestling with imposter syndrome"
So I read this and all that comes to mind is a phrase ending in "and let God sort it out" The latest example of this lot just assaulted a woman protesting peacefully at a dinner.
My favorite genre of political commentary is the "I also went to Harvard" essay, but it's got nothing on England's "I also went to Oxford" and "I also went to Eton" essays. &
Now I want to abolish Oxford university. This may be old news to many, but for someone that never came close to this world, I am appalled and enraged.
This is long but absolutely worth a read HT
“The Oxford Tories were climbing the greasy pole before most students had even located it.”