Apropos of reading an article in the Sunday Times titled "When is it right to put family ahead of principle?" Am I being unreasonable to be annoyed by people who align themselves with the left such as Polly Toynbee, and who according to this article has urged the Labour party to be more left wing, and yet has sent 2 of her 3 children to Bedales an extremely expensive and private boarding school. The article also goes on to mention other writers and editors on the Guardian who have opted for the private route. For me, if you subscribe to being a socialist, I would assume that one of the things you would want is a more egalitarian society, however seemingly for some they don't want to put their "because they're worth it children" out into a level playing field but give them that all important leg up in life. Will Self did actually try out a state primary for his son but removed him at the age of 10 as he felt he was not being properly educated and commented that he was "not prepared to sacrifice him on the altar of his own ideals" Fine for him, what about the people who don't have that choice. Journalists and public figures have a certain amount of influence and that influence could be used to raise standards. It just seems to me to be rank hypocrisy. I would like to add that I'm not having a go at a) People of the left or b) People who send their children to private schools, only the two together.