Tony Benn loves to use the analogy of the Hereditary Lords as being like getting on a jet plane where the pilot has been chosen because his father was a pilot. He means that it is so absurd that of course you wouldn\’t do things that way.
Ed Gardner, who has now turned 20, is believed to be Britain\’s youngest commercial pilot.
He got a job at Titan Airways the day after he received his licence and within days was crewing with his father, Bob, 55, a captain.
Mr Gardner, from Stebbing, near Great Dunmow, Essex, said: "I started flying at 14 – that is the youngest you have to be to learn.
"I flew solo at 16 and got my private pilot\’s licence on my 17th birthday.