One of Simon Henderson’s first decisions after taking over last summer as headmaster of Eton College was to move his office out of the labyrinthine, late-medieval centre of the school and into a corporate bunker that has been appended (“insensitively”, as an architectural historian might say) to a Victorian teaching block. Here, in classless, optimistic tones, Henderson lays out a vision of a formerly Olympian institution becoming a mirror of modern society, diversifying its intake so that anyone “from a poor boy at a primary school in the north of England to one from a great fee-paying prep school in the south” can aspire to be educated there (so long as he’s a he, of course), joyfully sharing expertise, teachers and facilities with the state sector – in short, striving “to be relevant and to contribute”.
The clue is in the byline:
The world’s most famous school aspires to become an agent of social change; but, as old boy Christopher de Bellaigue learns when he goes back, it is also an increasingly effective way for the global elite to give its offspring an expensive leg up in life.
Global elite does not mean conservative any more, though it does remain Conservative. But Conservative means Left-Liberal now, i.e. the elite is one-world culture federal-socialist, that is what is being pushed from on high through every fissure in every aspect of society and naturally, Eton had to follow, to become the flagship of the global elite.
And all-boys is fine because homosexuality is a key feature of the new one-world order.