The Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun have encountered another of those tricky problems that come when a load of posh and privileged hacks pretend they have ordinary hardworking peoples’ interests at heart: Labour has proposed that all school pupils of primary school age should have a hot meal provided during the school day at no cost to their parents. The Sun’s problem is over how it would be paid for.
Stuffed shirt spouts shite
And this is where it gets really difficult for the overpaid and underworked hacks: Labour’s proposal is that the extension of universal free school meals be paid for by ending the VAT exemption on school fees. After all, they argue, why should the rich get a tax break when the vast majority of them can afford to go private? Jezza and his pals might also have borne in mind that most traditional Labour supporters went to state schools.
Corbyn and Co might also have figured that rather a lot of hacks and pundits are in the position of pontificating to the masses, even though they have never been anywhere near a state school. Even if they haven’t, the difficulty that the Sun’s finest are experiencing is truly a sight to behold, typified by the knocking copy on the subject from their alleged “Westminster Correspondent” Master Harry Cole (Tonbridge School and Edinburgh).
Man of the people exposed as another posh hack
Tonbridge is an Eton Group school dont’cha know, and its fees for boarders are yet more expensive than the Alma Mater of former PM Young Dave and his pal Bozza. So it’s no surprise to read Master Cole telling Sun readers, most of whom he’d avoid like the plague, “Jeremy Corbyn wants to whack 20 per cent VAT onto school fees in lefty throwback’s latest assault on the well-off”. Jolly Bad Sheow! And there’s more.
“JEREMY Corbyn will launch an assault on the rich today by vowing to hike private school fees by 20 per cent … The hard-left Labour leader will unveil plans to introduce VAT on school fees and use the cash to provide all primary school kids with free school meals … The hapless socialist will claim … “. Oh just f*** off, flannelled fool.
But this approach does have the support of the Sun’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn (Marlborough College and Edinburgh), who has taken to Twitter to tell “adding 20% to fees will decrease demand and hence lower revenue, as well as the quality of some children's education. Destructive”. Not half as destructive as having all that dosh blown on his education, only to not know what “price inelastic” means.
And Newton Dunn is only one of a posse of private school alumni among the Sun’s rogues’ gallery. There is also James Forsyth (Winchester College and Jesus College, Cambridge), Damian Thompson (Presentation College, Reading and Mansfield College, Oxford), Jane Moore (Worcester Grammar School for Girls), Trevor Kavanagh (Reigate Grammar School), and finally Kelvin McFilth (Alleyn’s School, Dulwich and Dahn The Pab).
The Sun is against the Labour idea not just because it’s Labour and therefore bad, but also because so many of its writers went to private schools. Most White Van Men and Woman would be at best agnostic about VAT on school fees.
The posh and pampered Murdoch goons are on a loser this time. Good thing too.