Was it any worse than the supercilious smirk constantly worn by Gove?
Couldn't agree more. At one time this morning he referred to his own "humble background" .... which, according to Wikipedia comprises public school, President of the Oxford Union and Deputy Editor of the Times. I think he lives in an upper class dream world that he regards as being merely middle class.
However, his wife also works for the Times and, in fairness, seems like a nice person. She certainly feels no shame about publicly pricking his pompousness and delighting in his failings. If he's really as obnoxious as he comes across in interviews, he should be married to someone else. He seems to take it in good part, as it's been going on for several years.
As a result, I suspect that he's one of those blokes who disagrees with 90% of your politics but can be a good mate. I played rugby with and worked alongside quite a few blokes like that.
This morning Michael Gove was saying that current GCSE students don't get taught anything about the writings of Voltaire and Diderot!!!.
I can't think why the interviewer didn't ask him if he sends his own kids to state school and whether he discusses the tenets of basic classic philosophy with them. Then ask him for an interview with the kids. I think he would have declined but with a smile.
Do you think that Miliband is the sort of bloke who can quite unselfconsciously laugh at himself? I'm afraid I don't.