Tony Blair's son off to Oxford Watch

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/o...re/3581462.stm
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Why is this in the news! So did a few thousand other people make it to oxbridge! It's only becaus it's blair's son. Didn't blair go to cambridge anway.
Not really news in my opinion!

EDIT: it appears blair went to oxford, infact.
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Why is this in the news! So did a few thousand other people make it to oxbridge! It's only becaus it's blair's son. Didn't blair go to cambridge anway.
Not really news in my opinion!
Blair Snr went to Oxford too. I find it quite ironic due to Blair's gvmt single handed attempt to destroy Oxford by removing all avenues of funding and financial support that they can.
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Blair Snr went to Oxford too. I find it quite ironic due to Blair's gvmt single handed attempt to destroy Oxford by removing all avenues of funding and financial support that they can.
What are you referring to? The government are for top up fees, aren't they?
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He's going to the same college as me!!
mmmm security will be high at LMH then!
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They refuse to reveal his grades. Probably BBB but because he's Blair's son he is just given the place anyway. I seriously hope that is not the case.
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They refuse to reveal his grades. Probably BBB but because he's Blair's son he is just given the place anyway. I seriously hope that is not the case.
I suspect he probably got the grades he needed... after all Euan Blair ended up at his Insurance choice after not getting he grades for Oxford 2 yrs ago.
Cries of nepotism would surely follow if he hasn't got the grades he ought to have!
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I suspect he probably got the grades he needed... after all Euan Blair ended up at his Insurance choice after not getting he grades for Oxford 2 yrs ago.
Cries of nepotism would surely follow if he hasn't got the grades he ought to have!
You say that but why are they not reveaaling the grades when its bound to cause suspicion? They revealed Euans grades when he didnt get in , and now they're covering up! My guess is he slipped just one grade...
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You say that but why are they not reveaaling the grades when its bound to cause suspicion? They revealed Euans grades when he didnt get in , and now they're covering up! My guess is he slipped just one grade...
Well, I daresay some others did too!
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i heard that quite a lot of ppl have slipped their grades. a medicine tutor told me that nearly 25% had missed the grades this year (i think it's only in medicine) when normally it's only at 7%.
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I imagine that Nicky Blair is going to LMH because it will be so much easier logistically for security reasons, as the site is so big and everything. One of my friends is going to do English at LMH, and she seemed quite distressed at the thought of security guards being in the college etc.
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I can picture it now.

Somebody pennies his drink during formal and 4 security gaurds pounce on him/her, drag him/her off kicking and screaming and shoot him/her in the face multiple times.
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What are you referring to? The government are for top up fees, aren't they?
Yes they are, but that was only after Tony Blair was pressured by his mentor & Oxford chancellor at the time, Lord Jenkins. However, after the Laura Spence affair, Blair's gvmnt decided to gradually do away with the extra Oxbridge college funding which was provided to help with the funding of tutorials and other aspects of the collegiate experience that is Oxford (and Cambridge, for that matter)
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Yes they are, but that was only after Tony Blair was pressured by his mentor & Oxford chancellor at the time, Lord Jenkins. However, after the Laura Spence affair, Blair's gvmnt decided to gradually do away with the extra Oxbridge college funding which was provided to help with the funding of tutorials and other aspects of the collegiate experience that is Oxford (and Cambridge, for that matter)
If we have moved away from the spin of old that University education should be free because they are educating our experts of tomorrow, to why shouldn't students pay for their uni education as they are ultimately going to benefit from it by way of higher remuneration after graduation - then how fair would it be that some unis got more funding than others simply because they have differing methods of helping their students get their degrees. All students will be paying the same top-up fee so why should some of them get more for their money than others? That is blatantly unjust.
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You say that but why are they not reveaaling the grades when its bound to cause suspicion? They revealed Euans grades when he didnt get in , and now they're covering up! My guess is he slipped just one grade...
Could the reason for not revealing their second son's grades be because they realised in hindsight, that it was a breach of family privacy to reveal the grades their firstborn achieved? After all, Euan Blair is not public property - he receives no payment for being the son of the PM - he is a private British subject.

Who among us would like to have our grades revealed to the whole country? If Nicky's grades were excellent (which presumably they were) Blair would have been accused of gloating. He can't win whatever he does - there will always be people who will criticise him regardless.
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If Nicky and his family didn't want to publish grades, then that is fair enough, it's up to them.

Tony is undoubtedly very able and got into Oxford of his own back (well I guess with some help from Charterhouse), but he has been sending his son for lots of extra tution and help to ensure he gets the grades.
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ironic how the blair govmt makes things so difficult now for state and public school pupils alike to get into oxbridge now. also notice how many senior cabinet members have safely made it through the system and now with their oxbridge degrees they can set about messing it up for everyone else.

they hate oxbridge and everything it stands for. 3000 pounds a year top up fees? they're seriously gonna need waaaaaaaaay more than that to mantain their standards.

in the end everyong will lose out because cash-strapped unis will be forced to tke more people from over-seas. end of.
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Further evidence of the superiority of Cambridge.
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Further evidence of the superiority of Cambridge.
Uh huh
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The reason the kids grades weren't published is because they would be in subjects that people might sneer at, leading to critical newspaper editorials etc.
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