david-cameron3-696x393Let us be clear from the outset: David Cameron is a perversely-rich toff, so of course he is going to send his children to private schools including Eton, and probably to Oxford thereafter.

There are no real privacy implications in reports speculating about which of these schools the youngsters will attend – they take the sons and daughters of the rich and famous so of course they should have privacy policies in place.

No, the concerns raised by ‘Downing Street officials’ are a screen.

The real issue is how it plays to the plebs.

It’s about the state-controlled education service, and the fact that Cameron is happy for his government (past and present) to tinker with it – but would not be happy for it to educate his children.

What does that tell us about what Cameron has done to state-run education?

Consider the changes that have been brought in – the rise of privately-run academies and free schools that are not overseen by local authorities and whose owners have been continually at odds with schools inspectors over the poor quality of the service they have provided. These were Conservative changes that the Tories insisted were good for education.

But they won’t subject their own children to that system.

Cameron wants this story killed because it represents a public relations disaster for him; he won’t use schools that have been affected by his own education policies.

And he knows that, if the fact is publicised, he is setting a poor example for all to see.

Meanwhile, the Tory Press has a right to feel slighted.

After all the work done by papers like the Mail, getting the Tories into office and publishing stories that set the Conservative Government in a favourable light, suddenly David Cameron is complaining about a piece that they would have seen as entirely within the public interest, for the reasons set out above.

He needs to watch out. He could not have got where he is without a huge amount of help from these opinion-formers.

If he bites the hand that feeds him too often, it will turn away and feed someone else.

Downing Street has complained to the press regulator about news articles reporting that David Cameron might send his son to a private school.

A complaint was made to the Independent Press Standards Organisation by officials at Number 10 following a flurry of media interest in the politically-charged decision.

A report that Mr Cameron might send his nine-year-old son Elwen to Colet Court, widely regarded as a “feeder school” to Eton, originally appeared in the Mail on Sunday newspaper this weekend.

The paper reported that the £18,000 a year school was being eyed by the Prime Minister despite previous comments that spending a lot of money on private schools was “crazy”.

The news story was subsequently followed up by a variety of news outlets.

Downing Street officials said [there was concern] about further coverage of the issue and the privacy implications for the PM’s children.

Source: David Cameron complains to press regulator over reports he’s sending son to private school | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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