• David Blunkett and I both take the same view that it is scandalous that someone from North Tyneside, Laura Spence, with the best qualifications and who wants to be a doctor, should be turned down by Oxford University using an interview system more reminiscent of the old school network and the old school tie than justice. It is about time for an end to that old Britain where what matters more are the privileges you are born with, rather than the potential you actually have.

    "Brown goes to war over Oxford elite" by Alexandra Frean, John O'Leary and Philip Webster, The Times, May 26, 2000.
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