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08 May 2008 @ 11:12 pm
Something i miss about the UK  


News writing like the following. The person being interviewed is Bill Rammell, the higher education minister, a New Labour guy. Keep in mind, this is not categorized as 'editorial':

But why is it such a delicate matter to say that in a properly socially mobile society, such a massive share of the sixth form at one public school would not be going to Oxford or Cambridge? "Well, look ... if people have got talent and ability, wherever they come from, whatever their background, wherever their parents have sent them to school, they should get that opportunity. My priority is to look at those schools where we need progress." It's all said with admirable oomph, but the standard government habit of thinking inequality is all about the bottom rather than the top is depressingly present and correct. Really, it makes you want to weep.

US reporters take note, if you're not going to try to be objective, just don't pretend. It makes better writing anyway.

 
 
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