• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Gove brands level of Etonians 'ridiculous'

THE concentration of Old Etonians in David Cameron's inner circle has been branded "ridiculous" by a non-Old Etonian member of it, Michael Gove.

The Education Secretary, who was adopted by a Labour-supporting family in Aberdeen and educated at a state school before attending the independent Robert Gordon's College, pointed out how such a concentration of privilege did not exist in a similarly wealthy country.

Among members of the Prime Minister's top team are: fellow Old Etonians Oliver Letwin, the Minister for Government policy; Jo Johnson, head of his Policy Unit; Ed Llewellyn, his Chief of Staff, and Rupert Harrison, George Osborne's chief economic adviser. Mr Johnson's brother, Boris, the London Mayor, is another Old Etonian and close friend of Mr Cameron.

Mr Gove, who this month became the first Conservative Education Minister to send his child to a state secondary school, said: "It doesn't make me feel ­personally uncomfortable because I like each of the individuals concerned but it's ridiculous. I don't know where you can find some such similar situation in a developed economy."

Downing Street insists Mr Cameron gets advice from a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

Contextual targeting label: 

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.