Sajid Javid’s message on aspiration should be heeded – The Yorkshire Post says

Home Secretary Sajid Javid during a visit to Yorkshire during his campaign for the Tory leadership.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid during a visit to Yorkshire during his campaign for the Tory leadership.
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EVEN though Home Secretary Sajid Javid did not make the run-off for the Tory leadership, he did create a lasting impression as the wider public became aware of his humble upbringing – his father was a bus driver.

Educated at a comprehensive school, his family lived in a flat above the shop that they ran, he then went to Exeter University before entering business and becoming managing director of Deutsche Bank, a position which reflected his extraordinary abilities.

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Yet Mr Javid’s rise contradicts today’s report – Elitist Britain 2019 – which reveals how Britain’s most influential people are five times more likely to have studied at a private school than the general population. The embodiment of this is Boris Johnson, an Old Etonian, taking on Jeremy Hunt, a former head boy at the equally exclusive Charterhouse school to become Prime Minister.

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However, while private education has an important role to play in society, the job of politicians is to ensure that all youngsters have the best chance – whatever their family circumstances – to fulfil their potential.

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As such, both contenders would be advised to heed the tweet that Mr Javid posted yesterday in response to a column that was written by The Yorkshire Post’s Jayne Dowle on the importance of education broadening the horizons of young people. He wrote: “Thank you @JayneDowle – great to see the aspirational spirit in your school. Hope to see the final two candidates talk about rebalancing our economy #powerupthenorth.”

Hear, hear.