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Jul. 12th, 2008 | 10:06 am

If that last story annoyed you in any way, don't read the Times today (I'm out for a coffee and it's the only paper that's here). The headline of "Middle Classes Priced Out Of Private Schools" might be a hint. Story containing revelations such as the fact that keeping four children in private schooling is actually really expensive.

It isn't even as if I'm not (a) as middle class as an organic ciabatta wrapped in the Guardian and (b) a huge whinger, but jesus, the spectacle of journalists trying to encourage the sense of entitlement of an already privileged section of the population, and simultaneously lapping up all the "undeserving poor" rhetoric coming out of all parts of Westminster... never mind a living wage, little Matthew might not be able to go to school with his brothers!

Other content, incidentally, includes a double-page spread on how people are sometimes not going on holiday and restaurants are having to change their gazpacho recipes because of the price of red pepper and shallots.

(Interesting, in a very small way, that the term "private school" has replaced "public school" in this country to the extent of appearing on the front page of the Times.)

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from: muppethex
date: Jul. 12th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)

"to the extent of appearing on the front page of the Times."

Rather, it shows how much the Times has degenerated since Murdoch took over..

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Jul. 12th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)

Sorry about that.

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More expensive private schools

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 12th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)

It is SOOOOO sad that when you have four little darlings at private school you will now have to choose which one goes to the comprehensive. Just what sort of selection criteria do you use: the big and strong one with the rugby blue one who will be able to beat the crap out of the kids who make fun of him, the dim daughter who will only get into university because she went to a private school, the nerdy kid who would will get the crap beaten out of him or the one who is already on heroin so he might as well join his friends?

Tough call.

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