After the EU vote – with two Etonian prime ministers scuppered – opinion formers said the School was finished. But the peddling of opinions is what keeps the Eton image going
It has not been the brightest of summers for School. To any non-Etonians reading it should perhaps be pointed out that Etonians use the word School specifically not generically. It refers to a singular institution. School is Eton. It does not include places like Harrow, Rugby, or, God forbid, St Paul’s Day School. Therefore, should an Old Etonian find time in his busy schedule to ask you if you went to School the correct response is “No”. Otherwise, he will follow up with questions about which house you might have been in (TSBC or HSBC?); what type of bob you were (wet, dry or slack?); and whatever happened to Darius Guppy? And if you try to answer these without having the foggiest what you are talking about the pair of you will be in for a confusing half-hour.