Telegraph columnist with some sharp words for the Britain's Left:
What is at stake here is the transcendent question of what constitutes social virtue. The prevailing, quite explicit, theme disseminated by political and educational ideologues for more than a generation has been that no one should be encouraged to perform markedly better (or be rewarded for achieving more) than anyone else: that being an exceptional talent or a successful competitor was inherently unfair to those without the same advantages even if the “advantages” were your own character and motivation.
It followed that acknowledging such differentials of attainment was a form of civic crime, being divisive and likely to reinforce the inequality that had led to such disparities of outcome in the first place. This is what the absurd Labour slogan “excellence for everyone” was all about: no one may excel unless everyone else can – which neatly undermines the meaning of the word “excel”.