Watching the special schools edition of Question Time the other night, my blood predictably approached boiling point a few times, but what really made me angry was a comment from Douglas Murray. Described variously as “Britain’s only neo-conservative”, and the “Right’s Michael Moore”, he suggested that a university education should be the preserve of the “gifted”. Hats off to Davina McCall for her response- “Well hang on, I’m not “gifted”, but I would still have liked the choice to go to university.”
Talking about educating the “gifted” and leaving everyone else out in the cold is elitist bollocks. If you want an education, if you want to work hard for qualifications, if you want to expand your mind, why the hell shouldn’t you be allowed to?
It’s like saying that only those who are already physically fit should be allowed to go to the gym, because everyone else might get out of breath. Grr.