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Public school takes offspring of gasfitters and the unemployed!

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dollius Wed 23-Sep-09 21:06:31

How the mighty grace us with their largesse:

LOL at Jasper Gerard: "The school takes children of gas fitters and the unemployed, as well as those of Sevenoaks bankers."

Well isn't that just marvellous!


bibbitybobbityhat Wed 23-Sep-09 21:21:57


LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 23-Sep-09 21:25:55

What is a gas fitter anyway? I've always wondered.

dollius Wed 23-Sep-09 21:28:18

It's some sort of term that very posh people have for plumbers or somesuch

abra1d Wed 23-Sep-09 21:34:03

More to the point, the schools were giving bursaries for the children to go there.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 23-Sep-09 21:40:09

My dad was a gas fitter. The person who mends your boiler when it's broken down. Only they're called service engineers now...

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 23-Sep-09 21:41:59

I like to think of them as heating engineers. smile
No call for gas fitters where I grew up - we didn't have gas.

PeachesMcLean Wed 23-Sep-09 21:52:12

Hugely patronising article.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 23-Sep-09 21:55:09

Hmm - not a good idea to get either my dad or DH (a mechanical engineer) on the subject of fitters being called engineers hmm

Dad called himself a fitter btw.
He isn't posh.

PeachesMcLean Wed 23-Sep-09 21:59:26

That's odd. Dad called himself a gas man. I say he was a corgi grin

TheFallenMadonna Wed 23-Sep-09 22:05:43

Ooh - Dad very hmm of some corgi fitters too. He worked for the gas board, in various incarnations, and latterly British Gas. He is a gas fitting snob I think...

KittyCorncrake Thu 24-Sep-09 17:44:12

indeed Peaches - the sentence where they say this will not benefit Telegraph readers - why do they assume none of the disadvantaged read the telegraph?

SomeGuy Thu 24-Sep-09 18:18:13

You need to have a spare £30k/year to send your DS to Eton. I doubt the majority of Telegraph readers have that much cash lying around.

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