Eton pupils get a day off when an alumnus becomes PM – the only five takedowns you need
We’ve all heard the apocryphal tales of how young Boris Johnson would look at the list of Prime Ministers who were alumnae of his school, Eton, and vow to have his name added to the board. Journalist Michael Crick pointed out a tradition of the school that would seem a little pointless almost anywhere else.
Traditionally, the boys at Eton get a full day holiday when an Etonian becomes PM. As they college broke up for summer about a month ago, they won’t now get that.
— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) July 25, 2019
There were a lot of reactions, including these favourites:
Not usually susceptible to class outrage, but for some reason this tradition, which I'd never heard before, made me absolutely bloody livid. https://t.co/9t6ChhZ2VH
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) July 25, 2019
at my school we got a day off once because darren drove his mum's golf into the school gate and it caught fire https://t.co/05b0CjHihl
— joe (@mutablejoe) July 25, 2019
It's so fucked up that a school that takes 260 pupils a year has *so many prime ministers* that they have a tradition to give them a day off when they bag a new one https://t.co/MKbV1ImUYG
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) July 25, 2019
When will these boys catch a break? https://t.co/aG3XMGnvGv
— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) July 25, 2019
The fifth, though, is such an astonishing burn that it deserves to be on a notice board of its own.
My state school in Croxteth, Liverpool had that rule too. They called it compassionate leave.
— Shelagh Fogarty (@ShelaghFogarty) July 25, 2019
In light of the insulting Spectator article on Liverpool, which was published under Boris Johnson’s editorship, we doubt Shelagh‘s old school will be hanging out the bunting anytime soon.