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Charlie Gilmour Epitomises The University Berth Blocker

by | 16th, December 2010

CHARLIE Gilmour is the graduate of Walter Softy’s club who went over for powwow with the Bash Street Kids for larks. The comparison to cartoon characters are apt because Gilmour is surely the new kid at St Custard’s,Nigel Moleswort’s prep school. He’s the sometime model, sometime journalist, fulltime son of an Etonian and a minted rock star who got us to sing, “We don’t need no education”.

Charlie, as we’ve said, is now getting a reputation for being his own man. For Sados (sons and daughters of stars) this usually means a career in music, modelling or dealing in fine art. The epitome of the rule are the Rolling Stones’ daughters who have nearly all managed to capture their mothers’ model looks and none of their dads craggy bits and take to work as moving portraits. The Sados are unlikely to becomes nurses – and who can really blame them.

Gilmour has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage of the Union flag on the Cenotaph. Nice one, fella.

The Belfast Telegraph reports:

One student, Charlie Gilmour, persecuted in the Press because his parents are famous, has tried to explain that he was carried away in the spirit of the moment.

Undoubtedly Gilmour gets the headlines because his parents are famous. But he also gets them because he is a rich kid hanging off a unison flag attached to a memorial to the “GLORIOUS DEAD”.

But Julie Burchill sees him as the essence of something else:

The clever working-class youth of this country has been socially and spiritually “kettled” – hemmed in, suffocated and stifled – since the year dot by the privilege and entitlement of Charlie Gilmour and his ilk. And they have sustained a great deal more damage than a smashed mobile phone, as I believe the poor little oofums did. Gilmour and his gaggle are part of the problem, not part of the solution, and the sooner these natural-born dunces recognise that and step away from a higher education that seems highly unlikely to alter their state of ignorant bliss, thus leaving the resources involved to the clever and poor amongst our student body, the better.

Charlie Gilmour is a University Berth Blocker. Why do we want to go to University? Is it just because we can..?


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