Shami Chakrabarti defends right of parents to send children to private school and admits she is ‘privileged’

The Telegraph is reporting that Baroness Chakrabarti has defended the right of parents to send their children to private schools and admitted that she lives a “charmed and privileged life”.

The shadow attorney general denied that she is a “hypocrite” as she insisted that he is trying to do the “best for her family” by sending her son to an £18,000 a year private school.

Appearing on ITV1’s Peston on Sunday, she said that she has “real concerns about grammar schools” and has met many people who were left “deeply scarred” by the 11 plus exam. 

She defended herself against charges of hypocrisy, insisting that just because she lives in a “nice big house and eats nice food” it does not mean she is not trying to do “the best” for everyone.

She said: “I have real concerns about grammar schools, I have met too many people who were deeply scarred by the 11 plus exam and that kind of segregation. I live a charmed and privileged life, much more now than I ever did when I was a child. People on the Left have often had charmed and privileged lives.”

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  1. Spending money on private schools may be a waste – pupils from comps outperformed their equally-qualified peers from independent schools at uni, the Sutton Trust found.
    But buying a private education can buy privilege, which is why so many parents do it.  Is purchasing privilege compatible with human rights for all?  That’s a question Chakrabarti should have given some thought since she’s a champion of human rights.

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