“Hurt people hurt people”

In this excellent New York Times article Laurie Penny explores the role boarding schools might play in the culture of covering up abuse in Britain : “a culture of bullying and sexualized violence has been understood for more than a century as part of the process of training young men to be leaders”. Penny quotes Alex Renton: “That’s how you get the elite we’ve ended up with.”


big day…

hello. its been a big day for us hear at the other BSA. Alex Renton’s article on the effects of boarding has brought many new visitors to us, and I just wanted to say that you are very welcome here. I meant it when I said something has to be done about this, that it isn’t right, and if you think so too then you are in the right place. All best wishes, Sally.

“This has, in short, seriously messed them up”

“Duffell’s ideas require some serious mental adjustments, especially when you spend your days floating around in the Westminster bubble. Yet it’s important to remember those ruling this country weren’t brought up like the rest of us. It’s hard to deny it will have had an influence on the kind of person they have turned out to be. That is the heart of Duffell’s case, and it is a worrying one. “People who don’t have access to their emotions because of institutionalised abandonment can’t make good judgments because they’re not in touch with their feelings,” he says. “I don’t want them as leaders.”

Excellent article from Alex Stevenson at http://www.politics.co.uk in which he interviews Nick Duffell. Stevenson struggles to accommodate some of Nick’s ideas, but sees the value in his approach. He may find himself on the lookout for particular bad behaviour around Westminster come September and October…Full article here: http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2014/07/01/did-boarding-schools-cripple-our-cabinet