Telegraph columnist Toby Young reckons he was accepted into Oxford ‘by mistake’.

Tom Pride here suggests that Toby Young, the Telegraph Columnist, probably got into Oxford because of who his parents were, and not because Brasenose made a mistake. He also takes issue with Young arguing that physically disabled kids shouldn’t be included in mainstream schools. I am not surprised by these views, as Young does seem to have spent most of his career being obnoxious and trying to annoy people, as shown in the film, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People. Or a title to that effect. This is merely the latest outrage.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s Toby Young!)

Telegraph columnist Toby Young likes to boast about how he is a perfect example of how anyone can succeed because he managed to get a place at Oxford despite failing most of his O’ Levels.

In fact, he managed to do this because – according to Toby –  Brasenose College, Oxford sent him a letter of acceptance ‘by mistake’.

Well of course Toby was accepted into Oxford ‘by mistake’.

It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that his father was a leading member of the Labour Party and a life peer, Baron Young, and his mother was a well-known artist, writer and BBC Radio producer.

No – it was just a mistake – the kind of ‘mistakes’ which only seem to happen to the children of the rich, the influential or the well-known.

Interestingly, it was Toby’s father who coined the phrase ‘meritocracy‘ – the seemingly…

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