To many in the united kingdom the british public school remains the disliked and mistrusted embodiment of privilege and elitism they have educated many of the countrys top bankers and politicians over the centuries right up to the present including the present prime minister. The old boys the decline and rise of the public school by david turner review. Boys rebelling because there is too little beer teachers drowning in failed attempts to cut willow whips in this rich and engaging book david turner paints an affectionately critical picture of the history of the public school system. The age old tussle over the role of fee paying schools has recently taken an unexpected cultural turn well over a third of british medal winners at the 2012 olympics were privately educated . David turner introduces his history of the public school with a variation on palmerstons gag about only three people understanding the schleswig holstein question
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