The Prime Minister chose his words carefully earlier today when asked if he would be sending his children to private school. Sky News’ eagle-eyed Sophy Ridge reports that Cameron was cross-examined by a pesky school kid at a ‘Cameron Direct’ meeting this morning at the John Cabot Academy in Bristol. Cameron told his inquisitor that he ‘would like’ his children ‘to go to state school’, which is nearly the same thing as saying that they will do.
The Prime Minister pointed out that his two children of school age – Nancy, 8, and Arthur, 6, attend state primary schools, which implies that they will continue to do so at secondary level. Only he didn’t quite say that because what he actually said was: ‘That is my intention.’
Dave is second generation old Etonian. You might have expected him to want his son to benefit from the same level of education, the same head start in life, which propelled Camerons past to the very top. As such, you might think that Arthur would have been registered at his father and late grandfather’s alma mater. Yet it seems that the prime minister is trying to realise his professed intentions: Downing Street sources have confirmed that Arthur is not registered at Eton. Therefore we can assume that the little tyke is headed for the local comp at the start of 2017/2018 academic year. The Camerons, of course, may not be in Downing Street by that stage.