David Cameron is an Equal Opportunities employer with a roughly 50:50 split between Shirkers and Strivers.
Greg Clark (Communities: Local Gvnt) Cambridge/LSE Ph.D
Stephen Crabb (Wales) London Business School MBA
Justine Greening (Intl Devel) London Business School MBA
Matt Hancock (Cabinet Office) Oxford M.Phil
Oliver Letwin (Cabinet Office) Cambridge Ph.D
Patrick McLoughlin (Transport) Working-class hero
David Mundell (Scotland) Strathclyde Business School MBA
Baroness Stowell (Leader: Lords) Working-class heroine
David Cameron (Prime Minister) Oxford 1st
Philip Hammond (Foreign Secretary) Oxford 1st
Jeremy Hunt (Health) Oxford 1st
Theresa Villiers (N. Ireland) Bristol/Oxford 1st
Michael Fallon (Defence) St Andrews Scottish MA
Michael Gove (Justice) Oxford 2nd
Chris Grayling (Leader: Commons) Cambridge 2nd
Theresa May (Home Secretary) Oxford 2nd
George Osborne (Chancellor) Oxford 2nd
John Whittingdale (Culture) London 2:2
Quietly Desperate Shirkers
Mark Harper (Chief Whip) Oxford++ unknown
Sajid Javid (Business) Exeter ditto
Amber Rudd (Energy) Edinburgh ditto
Liz Truss (Environment) Oxford++ ditto
Jeremy Wright QC (Attorney General) Exeter ditto
Iain Duncan Smith (Work: Pensions)
++Oxford graduates always tell you that they went to Oxford, usually before you ask, and they always announce that they got a First (if they did, and sometimes if they didn’t) so it is a realistic deduction to say that Harper/Truss are shirkers.
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This isn’t really a general comment on those who didn’t get a First. The very nature of elite hierarchical degrees is that they exclude but on this occasion Osborne (along with Boris Johnson) got a 2nd because of partying. This early example of weakness of will then further revealed itself in his notorious ticket fiasco. The remainder of the examples were there as a polemical point. Though Grayling did have a shocking MPs expenses incident involving housing. Elite self righteous aristocrats denouncing the poor is obnoxious and this seemed the neatest way to make a point about shirking. Shirking isn’t the exclusive territory of benefit cheats as we saw in the entertaining Rifkind video entrapment incident. Thank you for this.
I am afraid my ‘Pass’ puts me firmly in the ‘Super Shirkers’ although I am not sure why two non-graduates are in the top list as you are classifying by formal educational achievements.