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6 May '13

News Letters: Lefty old Etonians

The answers to the questions posed by John Holford at the end of his letter (Eton's right turn, 1 May) are not perhaps those that he might suspect. He confuses the "public service", to which Jesse Norman referred, with "public life", and the list he provides of old Etonians with anti-Conservative views includes writers, philosophers, scientists, journalists as well as politicians.

A quick poll of current writers, artists, actors, journalists who have been educated here would reveal a similar left-leaning preference. The Orwell Society still flourishes at Eton; the background of the boys and the teachers is more diverse than it was in the time of any of the names he mentions; rigorous questioning and debate lie at the heart of our teaching.

Our politicians may (still) be essentially conservative, but those who enter public life in other spheres head off in much more unexpected directions.
Charles Milne
Tutor for admissions, Eton College


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