Peter Hitchens says people in power in UK 'pretty much don't know anything at all'

Mr Hitchens also hit out the British school system, adding that “we’re now a country pretty much without an elite"

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Peter Hitchens has laid into those in power in the UK, saying they “pretty much don’t know anything at all".

Mr Hitchens' comments come as he hit out the British school system, adding that “we’re now a country pretty much without an elite".

Speaking on GB News’ Mark Steyn, Mr Hitchens said: “If you want to have universities, they should be for an elite.

“You have to recognise that some people are equipped for certain university courses in often abstract or very complicated subjects, and they need to be very well educated before they get there to take advantage of the course.

Peter Hitchens speaking to Mark Steyn
Peter Hitchens speaking to Mark Steyn
A proposal put forward by the Tony Blair Institute for 70 percent of school leavers to go onto higher education
A proposal put forward by the Tony Blair Institute for 70 percent of school leavers to go onto higher education

“This country before the middle 60s, had a small number of university courses which provided that elite."

He continued: “And it’s noticeable now that we’re a country pretty much without an elite.

“If you watch, if you can bear through the deliberations of the House of Commons, it’s almost impossible for an intelligent person to stand it for more than two minutes.

“People that are now in charge of pretty much almost anything important, by and large don’t know anything at all.

“But they do conform with extraordinary willingness to a set of ideas which has been indoctrinated into them while they weren’t being educated."

It comes after a proposal put forward by the Tony Blair Institute for 70 percent of school leavers to go onto higher education.

The proposal was slammed by Universities Minister Michelle Donelan who said: “It is condescending from a former Prime Minister to say that he almost knows what’s best for every individual, and that seven out of ten the best route for them would be university.

“That’s not true. The best route for those individuals would be something that works for them, whether that’s going to college, going to university or going to an apprenticeship."