The Tories ‘privileged’ background refuses to go away amid speculation that Gordon Brown and the Labour Party are likely to wage a ‘class war’ in the run up to the next General Election.
Brown suggested last week that Conservative proposals for raising the threshold for inheritance tax to Â£1 million were â€œdreamed up on the playing fields of Etonâ€?, an assertion which is increasingly riling senior Tories. Thirteen of the Shadow Cabinet were privately educated, a fact that is strangely absent from their biographies on the party’s website. Boris, of course, is a friend of Cameron’s from their Bullingdon Club days at Eton.
Labour’s plan is to portray the Conservatives as the party of the privileged few, linking their leader’s private school background to their plans to help an elite, wealthy minority rather than the average household.Â Whether it will work remains to be seen.Â This approach did not, of course, stop an old Etonian from becoming the Mayor of London, did it?