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An Eton Hour

On the National Review cruise in Portugal the other day, our senior editor David Pryce-Jones made an observation about Eton and prime ministers: There are now two Old Etonians serving as prime ministers in the world. One is the newly elected — or coalitioned — David Cameron. The other is the Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who has his hands really, really full at the moment. I recalled Harold Macmillan’s crack during the Thatcher administration (if I may use that word “administration” in reference to a British government). The fervently philo-Semitic Thatcher had many Jews in her cabinet and inner circle. “Super Mac” said that she had “more Estonians than Etonians.”

By the way, DP-J himself is an Old Etonian. He has said, “I emerged from Eton and Oxford a perfectly nasty little leftist.” I doubt that was ever true. And if it was, he got over it very, very quickly.


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