Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?
Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
You don't have to pay the "property price premium" every year to keep living there
It's not that I dislike Cameron, Clegg or even the Miliband boys (and, yes, I know they did not go to private school, but they are still children from one of the best comprehensives whose parents payed a property price premium to live in the catchment area)., says Nick Cohen.
Even if Haverstock School was "one of the best comprehensives" (it's not; it's about average for North London), it needs to be remembered that the Miliband brothers went there in the 70s, not today. Ralph Miliband bought his house in Primrose Hill in 1965. Primrose Hill has always been a quite nice area, due to the Hill, but it wasn't particularly expensive in 1965, which is why a Marxist academic was able to buy a house there.
Since then, obviously the value of that terraced house on Edis Street has gone through the roof, but this is clearly irrelevant to the social and economic standing of the Miliband family in the 1970s.
Quite why so many people feel the need to say that Labour politicians (other than Tony Blair) are upper-middle class, public schoolboys or otherwise children of privilege when they aren't is beyond me.
I mention, merely in passing, that Nick Cohen went to a selective school (Altrincham Grammar). But of course it isn't privilege if you earn it by passing an exam at the age of 11. It isn't even that uncommon to find people who believe that because they passed one exam at some point in the past, that they can ever after attribute all of the massive advantages and legs-up they've enjoyed to their own ability and efforts. Perhaps this is why so many people still put their universities in their potted biographies, ten or twenty years after it could possibly have been relevant.
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