Danny Dyer slams politicians 'who all went to same school' in rant

‘The people who went to Eton can’t run this country’: Danny Dyer lays into Boris Johnson and clique ‘who all went to same school’ in rant on Covid-hit UK – and says it’s ‘time for working class people to get involved’ in leadership

  • Danny Dyer tore into the privately educated political elite on a morning TV show
  • The EastEnders actor said politicians who went to Eton ‘can’t run the country’
  • He called for more working class people to come to the political foreground
  • It is not Dyer’s first comment on British politics after a previous rant on Brexit 
  • He laid into former PM David Cameron for calling EU referendum before quitting

Danny Dyer has hit out at the political elite and slammed privately educated polticians who went to Eton saying they are incapable of running the country. 

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

He instead called for working class people to get involved in politics and use their ‘real life experience’ to inform decisions on how the country is run. 

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

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

Cabinet is filled with privately educated ministers

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.

Examples include Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Home Secretary Priti Patel and education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

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, 

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, Dyer called for diversity in politics and encouraged working class people to come to the political foreground.  

The 43-year-old 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.’


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

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.’

Prime Ministers who went to 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 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.  

His comments prompted an outpouring of support on social media, 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’.  

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.

Most social media users hailed the EastEnders actor as a ‘hero’ for his takedown of the former PM – though some critics insisted Mr Cameron could not be held responsible for how people voted in 2016.  

Dyer made the comments during a debate alongside Jeremy Corbyn, Pamela Anderson and Tory MP James Cleverly who stared on in disbelief at the actor’s frank words. 

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.’  

Dyer became an unlikely political hero after he tore into the former Tory leader as he appeared on the TV show to talk about football, Love island and politics.

He said: ‘Let’s go back to this whole Brexit thing, when you’re judging them because they don’t know what Brexit is.

‘Who know’s about Brexit? No one has got a f***** clue. You watch Question Time, it’s comedy.

‘No one knows what it is. It’s like this mad riddle that no one knows what it is. 

‘So what’s happened to that t*** David Cameron who brought it on? Let’s be fair. How comes he can scuttle off. He called all this on. 

Dyer was 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

‘Where is he? He’s in Europe. He’s in Nice with his trotters up. Where is the geezer? I think he should be held accountable for it.’ 

As Piers Morgan looked to Jeremy Corbyn for comment, Dyer cut him off by shouting ‘t**t’ again.

‘Where is he? He’s in Europe. He’s in Nice with his trotters up. Where is the geezer? I think he should be held accountable for it.’ 

As Piers Morgan looked to Jeremy Corbyn for comment, Dyer cut him off by shouting ‘t**t’ again. 

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