The Playing Fields of Eton

Apparently
Arthur Wellesley
The Duke of Wellington possibly uttered the words


‘The Battle of Waterloo was won
on the playing fields of Eton’


But was it Wellington or Bluecher?

WHO WON BATTLE OF WATERLOO?
Controversy Still Rages as to
Whether Wellington or Bluecher Was Responsible for the Victory

The New York Times - 22/12/2009

George Orwell extended
the quote
apparently.



‘Probably the battle of Waterloo was won
on the playing-fields of Eton,
but the opening battles of subsequent
wars have been lost there.’



1941
A crumped
acid
Labour MP
had a go
to.


"While it is said the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton,
it can be answered now that the Battle of Britain
was won on the playing fields of the [State] schools of England."



Education: Playing Fields of Eton



Aneuran Bevan
was
more
tart.


"There is a great body of opinion, which isn't sufficiently articulate,
that public schools
should be allowed to die a natural death.
Some would like them to die a little more violently."



And those hallowed fields have reared their heads
again in a recent condemnation
of David Cameron’s position on tax policies
by the Prime Minister.


PMQs: Brown mocks 'Eton smoothie' Cameron
Phil Webster - Political Editor - Times 02/12/2009

‘(Gordon Brown produced his most combative Commons performance for many months today as
he mocked David Cameron as a smooth-talking PR man who dreamt up his tax policies "on the playing fields of E
ton”)’

How different life
might be
without
‘The Playing Fields of Eton’
Time
for
articulation
&
action.