Before I became a student there, I never quite appreciated how the tyranny of tradition at institutions like Oxford and Cambridge were being used to prop up the class system in this country.Oh, really? Do tell…
… after about a year, something strange happened. Wearing a suit no longer held the same resonance it had back in fresher's week. Being served food by people the same age as me was no longer embarrassing.Ummm, what? Does that mean you don’t frequent McDonalds or Burger King or Subway, out of a sense of embarrassment? Or numerous coffee shops, or other restaurants?
Because if you insist on eating where those serving the food are older, you’ll go pretty hungry.
The troubling part is what it does to the rest of us, those who came from a background where that level of decadence and debauchery isn't normal, even on very, very, very special occasions. Those of us for whom throwing rubbish on the floor and expecting someone to pick it up is reserved for toddlers…Goodness me! I thought the deplorable state of our streets & public transport system was down to the habits of the chavs who were never taught self-respect or respect for their surroundings, and so discard KFC wrappers, McDonalds bags and free newspapers wherever they happen to be.
And yet, in reality, all this was done by Oxbridge students!
They must come out at night and do it, as I never see them around…
Access schemes are all well and good but what are we actually giving these students access to: a culture that values excess over compassion? Detachment from normality? A lifelong sense of entitlement? From the position of the left, surely that's the exact opposite of what we should be doing with our brightest young people…I think you’ll find Oxbridge is far from the only establishment inculcating a sense of entitlement in its students, if the frequent posts on David Thompson's blog are anything to go by!.