Danny Dyer lays into Boris Johnson and clique 'who all went to same school' in rant on Covid-hit UK

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Danny Dyer has once again become an unlikely political commentator two years after he famously waded into the Brexit row. 

More commonly known for his role on Eastenders, the actor turned politico once again after he slammed Boris Johnson during a passionate rant about the state of Covid-hit Britain.

The 43-year-old said politicians who went to Eton are incapable of running the country and instead called for working class people to get involved in politics and use their 'real life experience' to run the country. 

His comments prompted criticism from people on social media who accused the actor of stirring up 'class hatred' - despite sending his own daughter to private school. 

He said: 'We must learn now that the people who went to Eton can’t run this country. 

Danny Dyer has become an unlikely political commentator two years on from wading into the Brexit row after saying politicians who went to Eton are incapable of running the country while speaking on BBC Breakfast

The EastEnders actor made the comments in a passionate rant about the state of Covid-hit Britain

Two thirds of Boris Johnson’s cabinet were privately educated, reveals Sutton Trust

It is not uncommon for the upper tiers of the British polticial landscape to be filled with privately educated individuals.  

Research by the Sutton Trust showed nearly two-thirds of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet were privately educated last year. 

Of the 25 ministers now attending cabinet, 18 received a private education. 

This includes Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who went to King's School in Chester.

Half of David Cameron's 2015 cabinet also attended a fee-paying school. 

While Theresa May, Prime Minister from 2016 to 2019, had 64% of privately educated individuals in her cabinet, according to the social mobility charity.

These include former work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, and current Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was Brexit Secretary under Mrs May's tenure. 

The figures are are not representative of the general population, of which only 7% went to private schools. 

'They’ve done it, they’ve tried to do it and this small group who all went to the same school, in the same class - it doesn’t work.'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was privately educated at Eton, as was his predecessor David Cameron. 

A majority of British cabinet members serving under the current and former Prime Ministers in the last 10 years have also attended fee-paying schools.    

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Dyer then called for diversity in politics and encouraged working class people to come to the political foreground.  

He said: ‘I feel we need some working class peple, people who have lived a real life and people that are in touch with reality to maybe come to the front now and start getting involved in how this country is run.'

It is not the first time the actor has mouthed off about the state of British politics.

He previously called David Cameron a 't***' during a discussion on Brexit, prompting calls for Dyer to step into the political ring himself. 

Asked on Wednesday if he would ever consider going into politics full-time, Danny responded that he was ‘too busy’ reeling off his list of commitments including a game show and hosting a podcast with his daughter Danni.

He also referred to his role as Mick Carter in EastEnders, which he called ‘the greatest soap that has ever been’.

Dyer added: 'Let’s watch the government unravel themselves I think.' 

In a further nod to the Covid-hit nation he said: 'Let’s just try and stay safe and not catch this thing, and I am sure on the other side we will all be better stronger and more considerate people for it.' 

The comments come after the actor admitted to blagging free tuition fees at a prestigious boarding school for his daughter Dani.  

Other criticised Dyer's comments, implying that he was stirring up 'class hatred' 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) was privately educated at Eton, as was his predecessor David Cameron (right)

Research by the Sutton Trust showed nearly two-thirds of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet were privately educated last year. This year, of the 25 ministers now attending cabinet, 18 received a private education

Prime Ministers who went to Eton: List of leaders from same Berkshire school stretches back to 1721

Former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was educated at Eton

Current Prime Minister Boris Johnson was educated at Eton college and joins a long line of PM's who went to the fee-paying school. 

His predecessor David Cameron also went to Eton, which currently costs around £42,000 per year. 

Former Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Robert Anthony Eden also attended the Berkshire school, as did William Ewart Gladstone.

The list of PM's who attended the prestigious school extends all the way back to  Robert Walpole, who served as Prime Minsiter from 1721–1742.

And Boris Johnson, like every prime minister since 1937 who had attended university, except Gordon Brown, also studied at Oxford.  

Robert Anthony Eden also attended the Berkshire school

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 from 2014, the actor said he used his celebrity status to secure a free term for Dani, then 17, at a private school.

He said he did not often use his celebrity status to bag freebies, but added: 'I don't do that, I don't have to. They clock me straight away. If I get to the realms if I have to say who I am, I don't bother.

'I think I got a first term at private school for my kid for free.'

Admitting he would turn on the charm to secure the deal, he added: 'I just had to show me face, go, 'Listen I've got private schools begging me to come to their school, but I like the look of you. 

'It's got a nice old feel to it this school, I like the uniform. They say, 'You can certainly have a trial with us, Mr Dyer.' 

Dyer's comments this morning prompted an outpouring of comments on Twitter, with social media users split over the EastEnders star's comments.

Many disagreed with Dyer, with some implying he was stirring up 'class hatred'.

One wrote: 'Class hatred pretty wide these days.'  

Others were not so keen on Dyer's stance on working class people running the country, instead saying the job should go to the best candidates. 

Ian James Seale wrote on Twitter: 'We need the 'bright kids' in charge of the country. Education, examination, experience and competence should usually go hand in hand with being a "bright kid". 

'"Street smarts" have their value and place, but not necessarily within national government and international diplomacy.'

Graham Morby also said: 'Whilst I agree I also disagree, we need something different, we need people to first understand our political system, understand how it works, and vote based on the party and not the person! 

'Ask many how our system works and they wont know, but they will understand the US system.'

But some were supportive with one user saying: 'A man with a good heart and clear political perspective. Good on you Danny.'

Another wrote: 'Eton boys get a kicking from Danny Dyer.'

One Twitter user praised him for being 'sharp as a tack'. 

Peter Woodward wrote: 'The trouble with this "Eton" brigade in Govt is their priority of looking after their friends and own bank balances with public funds. 

'UK deeper in debt than ever, they are richer than ever, poor are poorer than ever. 

'No-one else has seen any benefit in their 10 years in govt (sic).'

Dave Jameson also posted on Twitter: 'At last someone on TV speaking sense. 

'This government is to (sic) full of Professional politicians. 

'It needs people that have lived in the real world not in their ivory towers and spoilt world.' 

Peter Woodward backed Dyer's critics of the 'Eton brigade' in government

This social media user was not a fan of the thought of Dyer going into politics

Eton School near Windsor in Berkshire costs up to £42,000 per year 

Where were the current UK cabinet ministers educated?

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor - Winchester College, independent boarding school

Priti Patel, Home Secretary – Watford Grammar School for Girls state school

Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary - Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, independent and grammar school 

Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, independent school 

Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary - Millfield School in Somerset, independent boarding school 

Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary - Roundhay School in Leeds, state comprehensive school 

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary - King's School in Chester, independent school 

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary - Raincliffe School in north Yorkshire, comprehensive public school 

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary - Parmiter's School in Watofrd, a state comprehensive school 

Alok Sharma, Business Secretary - Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning, independent school 

Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary - Wolverhampton Grammar School, independent school 

Therese Coffey, Work and Pensions Secretary - St Mary's College, Crosby, independent school 

Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary - St Michael's School in Wales, independent school 

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, International Development Secretary - St Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith, independent school 

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary - Watford Grammar School for Boys, state school 

George Eustice, Environment Secretary - Truro Cathedral School, Cornwall, independent school 

Brandon Lewis, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland - Forest School in Walthamstow, independent school 

Alister Jack, Scottish Secretary - Crawfordton House, Scotland, independent school 

Simon Hart, Secretary of State for Wales - Radley College, independent school 

Baroness Evans, Leader of Lords - The Henrietta Barnett School, state school 

Amanda Milling, Party Chairman and minister without portfolio - Moreton Hall School in north Shropshire, independent school 

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the Commons – Eton College, independent school 

Mark Spencer, Chief Whip - Colonel Frank Seely School in Nottinghamshire, state school Suella Braverman, Attorney General - Heathfield School, London, independent school (attended on a partial scholarship) 

Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury - King Edward VII School, Lytham St Annes, independent school

Dyer was  also inundated with support on social media after his comments on morning TV

This social media user praised Dyer's 'clear political perspective' on Twitter

The EastEnders star gave 'a kicking' to the politicians who went to Eton, according to this user

The outpouring of support was similar to the praise he experienced in 2018 after laying into David Cameron over his handling of Brexit

David Jameson said Dyer was 'speaking sense' on television over his comments

Derek on Twitter accused the political system of being 'skewed' to favour the 'elite'

Serena also said: 'This actually makes a lot of sense. 

'We need a more representative parliament and to involve people most affected by specific issues in the development of public policy.' 

Dyer's comments on Brexit were met with a similar response in 2018 when he called Cameron a 't***' for calling the Brexit referendum and then resigning when he lost. 

Dyer went viral after he tore into Mr Cameron over Brexit live on Good Evening Britain.  

He lashed out at the ex Prime Minister for calling the divisive referendum before 'scuttling off' to 'put his trotters up'.

Dyer then blasted the entire Brexit process as a 'mad riddle' - despite voting Leave himself.  

Joe Brock wrote on Twitter 'Brexit negotiations would definitely accelerate if we sent Danny Dyer to Brussels.'

Alex Lowe said on Twitter: 'Danny Dyer speaks what a nation feels.'

The famous alumni of Eton College

Simon Henderson has been the headmaster of the indepdent boarding school since 2015

Eton College is  a prestigious independent boarding school near Windsor in Berkshire.   

Viewed as the ultimate in privilege and exclusivity, the 580-year-old school has taught princes, Prime Ministers and other notable alumni, including Prince William, Prince Harry and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The £42,000-a-year school was founded in 1441 and was the alma mater of 20 Prime Ministers in total, from William Ewart Gladstone to Harold Macmillan and David Cameron. 

Other notable alumni include Bear Grylls and actors Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis and Hugh Laurie. 

Current Archibishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attended the school, as did MP Hugo Swire who's wife Sahsa has just published a tell-all book about the government. 

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg was also taught at Eton, and has sent his sons to the school.  

Over 400 acres the school has more than 1,000 employees, 155 of them full-time teachers. 

Simon Henderson has been the headmaster since 2015.

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