Friday, May 14, 2010

Plus Ca Change...

Nothing really changes. Obama's appointee to the Supreme Court Elena Kagan went to Harvard. The new SC will have 9 judges all of whom either went to Harvard or Yale. David Cameron, the new British Prime Minister went to Oxford. His Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg went to Cambridge. Barack Obama also went to Harvard. Elena Kagan also went to Oxford. It's virtually a closed shop as you'll see from this partial list of Oxford's Prime Ministers:

David Cameron
(1966-) May 2010- Conservative
Tony Blair
(1953-) May 1997 - Jun 2007 Labour
Margaret Thatcher
(1925-) May 1979 - Nov 1990 Conservative
Harold Wilson
(1916-1995) Oct 1964 - Jun 1970 Labour
Mar 1974 - Apr 1976
Edward Heath
(1916-2005) Jun 1970 - Mar 1974 Conservative
Sir Alec Douglas-Home (1903-1995) Oct 1963 - Oct 1964 Unionist/Conservative
Harold Macmillan
(1894-1986) Jan 1957 - Oct 1963 Conservative
Anthony Eden
(1897-1977) Apr 1955 - Jan 1957 Conservative
Clement Attlee
(1883-1967) Jul 1945 - Oct 1951 Labour
H H Asquith
(1852-1928) Apr 1908 - May 1915 Liberal Coalition
May 1915 - Dec 1916
Marquess of Salisbury (1839-1903) Jun 1885 - Jan 1886 Conservative
Jul 1886 - Aug 1892
Jun 1895 - Jul 1902
Earl of Rosebery
(1847-1929) Mar 1894 - Jun 1895 Liberal
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) Dec 1868 - Feb 1874 Liberal
Apr 1880 - Jun 1885
Feb 1886 - Jul 1886
Aug 1892 - Mar 1894
Earl of Derby
(1799-1869) Feb 1852 - Feb 1852 Conservative
Feb 1858 - Jun 1859
June 1866 - Feb 1868
Sir Robert Peel
(1788-1850) Dec 1834 - Apr 1835 Tory
Aug 1841 - Jun 1846
George Canning
(1770-1827) Apr 1827 - Aug 1827 Tory/Whig coalition
Earl of Liverpool
(1770-1828) Jun 1812 - Apr 1827 Tory

There's actually another 9 of them but you get the picture. Some other interesting facts about David Cameron: he is a descendant of King George III and a cousin to the Queen, he's part Scottish (like all recent PM's), he was a member of the secretive and really quite loathsome Bullingdon Dining Club and his tutor at Brasenose College, Vernon Bogdanor, gushingly called him his most brilliant student ever. Vernon Bogdanor was also my tutor at Oxford and the only thing he ever called me was "adequate, McKinty, quite adequate."