Julie Burchill Julie Burchill

So much for education, education, education

So much for education, education, education, says Julie Burchill. Most working-class kids are still getting working-class jobs

‘Your old man’s barking!’ I remember hissing indignantly at my then best friend Toby Young way back in the 1980s after his father, Michael, had spent the evening patiently explaining his famous 1958 essay, The Rise of the Meritocracy, over ‘supper’ at the somewhat grand family home in, of course, Islington.

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