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Why must David Cameron insult Oxford, when it gave him so much?

Also in Charles Moore’s Notes: US media groupthink; ‘Islamophobic’ hate crimes; remembering George Weidenfeld

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

6 February 2016

9:00 AM

In 2000, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, accused Magdalen College, Oxford, of class bias in failing to admit a student called Laura Spence, a pupil at a Tyneside comprehensive. This was grossly unfair — how could the Chancellor know the details of a particular case? It was also outrageous in principle: why should a politician tell a university whom to admit? This Sunday, David Cameron did much the same thing.

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