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Privilege August 31, 2018

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I was reading this piece in the Observer about Jonathan Miller’s son William and the more I read the more it seemed to me… well, you’ll have to read it for yourself. But it’s quite something.

Here’s a clue…

It’s only a certain kind of life, though, isn’t it? Only the very rich can afford to live here. Again, Miller doesn’t quite accept this – or at least, some part of him feels deserving of his good fortune, which he attributes to hard work as well as to luck (he made a killing on a flat, having got on the property ladder “very early”).

In any case, he really couldn’t care less how much people have – or how little. One thing Pimlico did achieve was to make him relatively blind to social class, or so he believes. “I wasn’t interested in it,” he says. “The only person who ever talked about class was my father. I lived in this privileged street, but at school my life was classless.”

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1. Joe - August 31, 2018

I stopped reading very early at the words ‘turned entrepreneur’.

Although I have an entrepreneurial idea myself – a dream I’d like to chase some day. A book. Working title is The Entrepreneurs’ Cook Book. It will be promoted with a spray can around town – Eat the Entrepreneurs.

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WorldbyStorm - August 31, 2018

:). THere’s a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits story which has a not dissimilar approach.

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Polly. - August 31, 2018

A sentence that stays with me, from an interview with the Duke of Devonshire, who in fairness did grasp how very privileged he was, – about what he thought he would do about earning a living when he got out of the army with no qualifications ‘Well, I was interested in publishing, and I thought Uncle Harold might give me a job.’ … which the reader realises after a minute is Uncle Harold Macmillan who not only owned a publishing house but was the actual Prime Minister.

But this guy is just a dim ungrateful oaf.

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WorldbyStorm - August 31, 2018

+1

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Miguel62 - August 31, 2018

Why he even merited an extended piece in the Observer is beyond me?? He is the very definition of how a privileged background trumps hard work and talent almost all of the time.

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WorldbyStorm - August 31, 2018

Completely agree. I wish it was a case of someone hearing his schtick and wanting to capture it for others to hear just how bad it is, but I bet it isn’t that…

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benmadigan - August 31, 2018

cook books are popular. i understand we can expect the Negotiator’s Cook Book from the arch- negotiator himself on time for the Xmas sales!

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2. Dermot O Connor - September 1, 2018

It’s almost as if someone wanted to be a living embodiment of Michael Young’s dystopian ‘Rise of the Meritocracy’.

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Daniel Rayner O'Connor - September 1, 2018

But how did William fare in his IQ test?

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