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17 Jun 2023
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SOLD OUT: Chums: the elite who run the UK

Westminster and Whitehall are swarming with old Oxonians who’ve attended the same balls and black tie dinners. Of the 17 post-war British prime ministers, 13 went to Oxford, including the latest one. In his book, Chums, Simon Kuper traces how the rarefied and privileged atmosphere of this narrowest of talent pools – and the friendships and world views it created – shaped modern Britain. From public school to Oxbridge, it’s a very small world at the top and has been bad news for British democracy.