As the field of candidates for the Labour leadership seems to have stabilised, so the attacks from the right-leaning punditerati have gathered pace. Some of those attacks verge on the desperate, and typical of these is yesterday’s effort from the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, titled “The All White, All Oxbridge People’s Party”, coming from an, er, all-white source.
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“All of the Labour Party leadership candidates are scions of privilege” declares the post, on the grounds that all five declared hopefuls attended either Oxford or Cambridge University. However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, this is not in itself a mark of privilege: one need not hail from an elite background to go up to Oxford or Cambridge. Perhaps we should consider where they all went to school.
[UPDATE 20 May 1155 hours: this morning, Tristram Hunt concluded that he may not be able to gain sufficient support from Labour MPs - any candidate for the leadership needs the backing of 15% of the Parliamentary party, or 35 MPs - and so has withdrawn from the race.
Instead, he had given his support to Liz Kendall, which means that all the remaining Labour leadership candidates attended state schools. That makes the hypocrisy of Master Cole yet more glaring. Someone who went to the exclusive, Eton Group Tonbridge School calling four state-educated MPs "scions of privilege" is beyond parody]