One up on Eton

Sure, the place might have produced Prime Ministers but how many Presidents?

Rodrigo Duterte, the abrasive president of the Philippines, returned last week to one of his favorite laments — his poor health — and declared he was suffering from a chronic immune-system disorder.

The timing does not seem accidental. The Supreme Court, its benches now packed with his appointees, is set to issue a crucial ruling about who should be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

If the 74-year-old Duterte — who is prone to long, unexplained public absences — gets his way, his current vice- president would be replaced by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator who ruled for 21 years.

Assuming it comes to pass, Worth 1, Eton 0.

7 comments on “One up on Eton

  1. King Leopold III of Belgium
    King Dipendra of Nepal (the one who killed his family and then himself)
    King Prahadjibok of Siam

  2. Oxford is the place that produces PMs. Every one since Churchill (who went to university) went to Oxford bar Brown.

    My kids are all at Oxford of course. One day you will tremble before their mighty er libertarianism.

  3. Oh well, shoulda gone to Worth, Worstall.

    I admit, though, that I’d never heard of the place. And yet I’ve heard of many minor public schools (by which I mean a public school that is not Eton, Winchester, or Westminster).

  4. Worth started out as the feeder prep school for Downside. Umm, 1930s sometime? I was one of the last, if not actually the last, to make the transition.

  5. @Tim

    “if not actually the last, to make the transition”

    Bit slow were you? At what age were you allowed to leave prep? 16?

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