HRH The Prince of Wales has defended Simon Cowell’s claim that children should fail at school and “get lucky” instead.
“Every day one visits these dreary northern estates where blatantly unlucky children embark on lives of unredeemed grimness and one thinks : why didn’t you just get luckier? For example, one visited a school for disabled children in Birmingham last week. They were in wheelchairs and they had Brummie accents. Could they be less fortunate? And you know why? Pure existential laziness. Cowell’s absolutely right – they just couldn’t be bothered to do better in life’s raffle”
The Prince explained that he was “ . . an absolute duffer at school. Not a clue. But it never held one back, and that’s the spirit we need in this country. Why shouldn’t young people leave school at 11? They can always inherit Cornwall if it all goes tits up. Well, not Cornwall obviously, that’s mine, but . . . erm, I don’t think anybody owns Wolverhampton. It certainly doesn’t look as if anybody owns it. Inherit Wolverhampton, that’s what young people should do.
Michael Gove declined to comment on the suggestion that young people should inherit Wolverhampton, but condemned Simon Cowell for “undermining teachers”, telling reporters “That’s my job. I don’t tell Cowell how to pull his trousers up to his nipples, he should keep his nose out of the education system”