Mehdi Hasan

'This Is Personal To Me' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics

"There is no doubt that the word 'sharia' carries huge challenges in relation to public relations," declares the UK's most senior Muslim minister, Bar...

Talented Teen Barred From Playing In Rackets Tournament - Because He Goes To A State School

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A talented rackets-playing teen champion is being forced to watch his teammates compete in a public school tournament from the sidelines as he has bee...

Who Needs to Be a Millionaire?

Megan Hughes | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a recent interview in the Observer, Vince Cable admitted that he '[doesn't] understand why people need a million quid a year'. He isn't the first to question the growing divide between rich and poor, but he is one of the most high-profile politicians to do so in recent times...

Voters Don't Care If MPs Did Drugs Or Posed Nude, But Attending Eton Is A Problem

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics

Voters find politicians who went to Eton to be more unsuited to power than those who were part of a far-right or communist party in their youth, did d...

Sex, Drugs, Money and Old School Ties - Which Bits of MPs' Lives Really Matter?

Peter Kellner | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

One of the bugbears of being a politician is the risk that a controversy might erupt at any time about things that have little or no direct connection with their day-to-day work. Recently David Cameron has been criticised for surrounding himself with alumni of his own school, Eton, who (so the charge runs) cannot understand the day-to-day lives of normal people. Other stories down the years have concerned politicians' finances, sexual affairs, family connections and youthful indiscretions. What really irritates voters? YouGov set out to find out in a survey...

Eton Bans Sexting

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

Eton College has been forced to ban its pupils from using Snapchat due to fears of a potential outbreak of 'sexting', it has been reported. Snapcha...

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 22 November 2013

Paddy Duffy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

The Incredibly Flexible Martial Artist Of News On 19th November, 1863, Abraham Lincoln made the world-changing Gettysburg Address, becoming an eterna...

That Controversial Eton Exam Question Is Worth Defending

Luke Sandford | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Sandford

Challenging questions are asked of students all the time, at all levels, and are essential to developing reasoning and critical thinking. Taking these questions and assuming they represent some sort of internal bias can amount to a short-sightedness and is often misguided.

The Cameronisation of Parkinson

Neil Scott | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Scott

I have read recently with horror, that the Westminster Government are going to sanction military style "free" schools. Hopefully with our Scottish Ed...

Cameron Insists He Doesn't Just Listen To Old Etonians

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said his inner-circle is made up of people with "all sorts of different schooling", after being accused of appointing too many privi...

'Etonians Dominate Government Because Other Schools Aren't As Committed'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics

Etonians dominate the heart of government because other schools do not have the same "commitment to public service", one of David Cameron's new policy...

'The Blessed Sponge Of Amnesia Has Wiped The Slate'

PA | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

London Mayor Boris Johnson has admitted frittering away his student years "fooling around", but said he hoped his "embarrassing" antics with the Bulli...

We Should All Be a Little More Like Iain

Nick Abbot | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

Iain Duncan Smith was riled to be "ambushed" on a radio programmed (not guilty) and challenged to survive on the £53 a week that a benefit claimant said he had to subsist on. It was not really an ambush as such - Iain's job is being a politician, and so talking to people who might not agree with his every utterance and who might have issues with his policies and the direction the government is taking is, sort of, his job and deliberately going on a radio programme to talk about benefit scroungers does rather leave one open to that sort of thing.

WATCH: Invasion Of The Old Etonians!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Now, we don't want to alarm you, peasants. But in case you hadn't noticed, the Etonians are in charge now - and nothing can stop them. Watch the vi...

Not the Academic Type

PA | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Prince Harry is the first to admit he is not the academic type. Exams at school were a "nightmare" and he could have hit the books a lot harder dur...

The Old Etonians Are Going Viral

Bill Coles | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bill Coles

Prince William's old school, Eton College, is having quite a good run at the moment, what with Old Etonians now in charge of both the UK and London - though no-one in their right minds could ever have guessed that another Old Etonian would soon be running the Church of England.

Charity To Place 2,000 Disadvantaged Children In Top Schools

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of children from poor backgrounds are set to be offered places at top boarding schools such as Eton and Harrow, it has been announced. A n...

Parents 'Would Prefer To Send Children To Private School'

PA | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than half of parents would send their child to private school if they could afford to, a poll suggests. Many believe that fee-paying schools p...

Now Then! Now Then! Sir George Young Gives Sir Jimmy Savile 'ell!

Martin Lewis | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Martin Lewis

Apparently accuracy, attention-to-detail and proof-reading were not on the curriculum at Eton when the young George Young was educated there. Or -- t...

In Defence Of Being An Etonian

William T. Dobson | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
William T. Dobson

I myself went to Eton. By default that makes me an Old Etonian. But I'm fed up with being defined as one by the likes of Miliband in some lazy, self-satisfied act of stereotyping.

Eton Mess? In Defence of Britain's Most Maligned School

Mackenzie Smith | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Mackenzie Smith

To misappropriate the quote often attributed to the Duke of Wellington (OE 1784), Ed Miliband's barnstorming speech at the Labour party conference was designed in large part to suggest that the 2015 election will be won or lost according to whether or not its political participants had ever set foot on the playing fields of Eton.

What Makes a Snob?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

When faced with pressure or adversity, such as not being allowed to leave Downing Street through the important gate, the people of independent means - spoilt brats you might call them - are more prone to hissy fits like Mitchell.

PICTURES: Is Rowing Still Elitist?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Rowing has long been considered the sport of privately-educated children and has often been dubbed "elitist" - just look at Trenton Oldfied's disrupti...

'I Only Finished Paying Off My Debts Eight Years Ago,' Obama Tells Students

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Barack Obama has admitted he only finished paying off his student debts eight years ago, in an effort to empathise with cash-strapped students. Spe...

Cameron And Johnson Painted As Rioting 'Eton Posse'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A graffiti artwork titled "Eton Posse", showing ex-public schoolboys David Cameron and Boris Johnson as rioters has appeared on a wall previously inha...