"superior in their natural gifts on the average to the mass[es]"
July 23, 2013 3:45 AM Subscribe
"In Victorian England,
getting a job was all about who you knew, [but] Charles Trevelyan, the permanent secretary to the Treasury 1840-59, was horrified by the Barnacle types in the civil service, once describing a colleague, as a "gentleman who really could neither read nor write, he was almost an idiot"."
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