Intelligent oversight

In "Britain's brains go private" (23 October), Brian Schofield "fears that in future only the stupid will work in the public sector". He appears to be referring to virtually all of us who have not been to an expensive public school followed by an Oxbridge degree in politics, philosophy and economics. To equate a very expensive, high-quality education with "intelligence" demonstrates the extraordinary level of arrogance that is bred in such institutions. It is ironic that another article in the same issue casts some real doubts on the integrity and, dare I say it, the intelligence of some of those same public school, Oxbridge graduates in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food ("Put blame for BSE where it belongs"). The private sector beware!

Anne Corrie
Broadbottom, Greater Manchester