The Oxford PPE Establishment

By Andy Beckett
The Guardian, 23 February 2017

Edited by Andy Ross

Just a few Oxford PPE graduates:

Prime minister David Cameron
Prime minister Edward Heath
Deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine
Chancellor Philip Hammond
Chancellor Nigel Lawson
Foreign secretary William Hague
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt
Health secretary Edwina Currie
Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss
Work and pensions secretary Damian Green
Cabinet minister David Willetts
Downing Street guru Steve Hilton

Prime minister Harold Wilson
Chancellor Roy Jenkins
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls
Foreign secretary David Miliband
Foreign secretary Anthony Crosland
Education secretary Shirley Williams
Energy secretary Tony Benn
Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson
Treasury secretary Kitty Ussher
Cabinet minister James Purnell
Health secretary Barbara Castle
Party leader Ed Miliband
Party leader Michael Foot
Party leader Hugh Gaitskell
Shadow minister Stewart Wood
Shadow minister Yvette Cooper
Party adviser David Lipsey
Judy Mallaber MP

Liberal Democrat
Treasury secretary Danny Alexander
Energy secretary Ed Davey

Mark Reckless MP

Other leaders
US President Bill Clinton
Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto
Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi
Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser
Australian prime minister Bob Hawke

BBC political editor Nick Robinson
BBC economics editor Robert Peston
BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies
Channel 4 News political correspondent Michael Crick
Financial Times statistics expert Tim Harford
Economist magazine editor Zanny Minton-Beddoes
Prospect magazine editor Bronwen Maddox
Guardian newspaper columnist Simon Jenkins
Newspaper proprietor Rupert Murdoch
Writer and columnist Christopher Hitchens

Institute for Fiscal Studies director Paul Johnson
Institute of Economic Affairs director Mark Littlewood
Avaaz network co-founder Ricken Patel
Left-wing activist Tariq Ali


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