He’s an upper middle class Englishman playing the Stalinist:
If his new ultra left-wing spin doctor had a similar row with his own wife, it appears he must have backed down, as The Telegraph can disclose that Seumas Milne sent his children to two of the best grammar schools in the country.
Mr Milne, the Marxist-sympathising Guardian columnist who starts a new job next week as the Labour Party’s executive director of strategy and communications, shunned the numerous comprehensive schools within walking distance of his home in Richmond, west London, and instead sent his son Patrick to the Tiffin School in Kingston upon Thames and his daughter Anna to the nearby Tiffin Girls’ School. Tiffin Girls was ranked the second best school in England for GCSE results this year, while Tiffin Boys was 18th.
The two Tiffin Schools select children on the basis of ability, not wealth, but whereas 48 per cent of children at Richmond Park Academy were eligible for free school meals in the past six years, the figure for Tiffin School was just six per cent.
Mr Milne’s choice of schools for his children, one of whom went on to Cambridge University, the other Oxford, could prove a distraction whenever he is tasked with promoting the Labour leader’s immovable policy of equal schooling for all children regardless of ability.