Poetic injustice?

Neil Gaiman on the question of George Bush’s poetry:


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  1. nwhyte says:

    I appreciate your irritation with Lammy’s dramatisation of his heroic struggle to get at the truth, and consequent minimisation of your and your colleagues’ efforts to make the information available to anyone who cares, but I don’t think that detracts from the main story, which is that Oxbridge clearly fails to include British minorities adequately – and I’m afraid the rebuttal you link to comprehensively fails to address that other than to say that it’s all other people’s fault, and it’s not Oxbridge’s responsibility in any way to address the fact that it is effectively the educational gatekeeper to the levers of power and influence in England.

    Lammy has an axe to grind, sure, but his rebuttal to the rebuttal is much more convincing – and McCauley’s follow-up post i) admits that Lammy is right (“Admission to Oxbridge of BME British students is lower than admission of white British students. Admission of Black Caribbean British students is especially low.”) and ii) does the classic thing of responding to accusations that weren’t made (nowhere does Lammy accuse anyone or anything of being “systematically racist”) while iii) continuing to question Lammy’s extremist assertion that university admissions policies may possibly have an impact on who gets into those universities.

    The statistics are genuinely shocking, I think, and I’m not surprised that people are reacting defensively. But the issue won’t go away just because it makes us uncomfortable.

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