A television programme by Andrew Neil on BBC 2, Jan 26, which seems to promote the message that it will be unlikely this country will ever see a Prime Minister emerge from an ordinary background like his, as politicians from all parties appear to be drawn from an ever smaller social pool pertaining to a public school education.
Neil himself was grammar school educated and from 1964-97 the 5 PMs were all products of his selective state education. His theme seems to be that because grammars have now largely been abolished the path to power for Joe/Jane Bloggs is pretty much closed because comprehensives don't offer the same opportunities, so nowadays political life is less meritocratic and determined more by social circumstances.
Neil obviously has a pro grammar school agenda and because the period from 1997-2015 will have seen the PM post in all but 3 of those years held by ex public schoolboys, Blair and Cameron, this will aid his argument. According to the write-up I read, no current politician from any party wanted to publicly participate in his documentary.
It's a shame Ed Milliband, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham couldn't find common ground with William Hague, Liam Fox and Theresa May, all comprehensive educated, to tell him to stick his biased theories where the sun doesn't shine. Unlike privately educated politicians of all parties I note state educated (particularly comprehensive) ones like to play up their backgrounds.
Back in 1979 when Thatcher formed her first cabinet John Biffen and her were the only 2 members out of 21 who weren't privately educated, so things have moved on from there even if they may have regressed in Tory circles since John Major's time.
I shall probably watch the programme and try and keep an open mind but will be surprised if the topic is tackled with any impartiality.