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Public schools are still at the root of inequality. It's political cowardice not to attempt to open them up

By Michael Prowse   October 1999

For several years I lived in Harrow-on-the-Hill, a charming “village” that sits perched above the dull wastes of northwest London. One sight to which I never became fully accustomed was that of tall, confident teenagers lounging around on Sundays in tail-coats and striped trousers. Along with straw boaters, the formal morning dress is part of the uniform of Harrow school, the public school which lends an air of distinction to “The Hill.” I used to tell myself that dress is a matter of no consequence, that variety is to be welcomed. But, to be honest, I never succeeded in quelling…

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