Of the current England senior football squad every single one plays for a Premier League club. Why are there no players from the Sunday Leagues Mr Boyle ? I guess ‘elitist’ Premier League players are privileged to play for their country because of their self belief - belief that they’ve earned those privileged positions through talent and hard work.
Boyle argues that people achieve the privileged (I agree) position of governing the country on the basis of “… self belief instilled by an elite education … a belief that privilege is earned through talent and hard work, against all of the available evidence”. And there was I thinking that in fact prime ministers weren’t self-appointed at all, but actually they got the job by persuading other people to vote for them - in roughly this order i) party activists who vote them in as a constituency candidate, ii) local electors who vote them in as an MP, iii) larger numbers of party people (you know what I mean) who vote them in as party leader then iv) all of us doing that thing with crosses in boxes in the local church hall every so often where we vote them in as prime minister. I would have thought it was hard to persuade all of these people to vote for someone if all (all !) of the available evidence clearly showed that that person was talentless and work-shy. And don’t point at Donald Trump. In the US money counts for a lot more than here, and you can put yourself straight into the presidential contest at stage iii).
Boyle has a problem with Oxbridge. That problem is blocking his vision, which is a shame.