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Gordon the Gladiator is a real class act.

LET'S hear it for Old Labour.

Gordon Brown exploded last week like a class warrior of old, a Gladiator for all people who don't speak with plums in their mouths and with silver spoons rammed down their throats.

Or up their noses.

The Chancellor was spitting blood over Oxford University's rejection of a brilliant Geordie schoolgirl - who promptly won a prestigious pounds 65,000 scholarship to America's Harvard University.

Mr Brown deplored the way Laura Spence had been lost to education in Britain.

"She was turned down by an interview system more reminiscent of the old boy network and the old school tie than genuine justice in our society," he said.

For centuries, Oxford and Cambridge have been the breeding ground of the upper classes, the Civil Service, the Tory Party - and, it has to be said, a fair percentage of this Government.

The probability of getting into any of the top 13 universities is approximately 25 times greater for those from a private school.

Gordon Brown is an example of a brilliant scholar who had a state schooling. Educated at Kirkcaldy High School and Edinburgh University, he's suspicious of this English croneyism.

He knows New Labour have spent the last two years schmoozing up to the Establishment.

He also knows this country will be divided until all bright kids, from whatever background, get equal opportunities.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 28, 2000
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