End of the Notting Hill set who felt born to rule: ISABEL OAKESHOTT on Theresa May's ruthless destruction of Westminster's social elite

Mail Online | 7/14/2016 | Isabel Oakeshott For The Daily Mail
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The horror movie Carrie tells the story of a nerdy teenage girl who uses superpowers to obliterate all the cool kids in one bloody night at the school prom.

With her ruthless destruction of the elite social set that has run this country for years, Theresa May looks as if she’d taken inspiration from the script.

Overnight - Minister - Notting - Hill - Set

Overnight, the new prime minister has annihilated the so-called Notting Hill Set, a cabal of wealthy friends united by a conviction that they were born to rule.

One by one, its standard bearers — David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove and Nick Boles (minister for skills until his resignation this week) — have been fired or fallen on their swords, and this gilded clique of urbane political thinkers and their clever, fashionable wives have lost all their power.

Days - Decisions - Nation - Group - Friends

Until two days ago, the most important decisions facing the nation were taken by a group of privately educated friends in their 40s who live in the same expensive part of West London, hang out at the same parties, holiday together and are godparents to each other’s children.

Notably, all these political figures were male, well used to the blokeish atmosphere of the public schools they attended.

Cameron - Course - Eton - Osborne - St

Cameron, of course, went to Eton, while Osborne was at St Paul’s in West London and Boles at Winchester College. Gove won a scholarship to the private Robert Gordon’s College in Scotland.

Having studied at Oxford, their relationships were strengthened and developed as ambitious young researchers working at Conservative Central Office, where they began learning what was needed to rise to power.

Home - West - London - Parties - Kitchen

They set up home in fashionable West London, and liked to entertain one another at chatty supper parties around their expensive kitchen tables.

Members of the set have been going abroad together since their 20s, when they liked to hire villas, sometimes with catering staff, for...
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