“We’re not all the same. I didn’t grow up in North London. I don’t come from an intellectual Labour family and neither does Andy Burnham. My grandfather was a driver for the gas company. I first went abroad when I was 18, and first got on a plane when I was 21.”
Mr Balls’ father Michael may not be a Labour bigwig, but he is a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Nottingham. And it’s perhaps worth pointing out that little Balls attended a fee-paying school in the East Midlands city. A day school, mind you, so at least he wasn’t buggered senseless in a dormitory before ‘going up’ to Keble College Oxford.
Hat tip: Gordon MacMillan