Oxford University has hit back at the prime minister after he said only one black UK student began a course there in 2009 and called it "disgraceful".
The university said David Cameron had been "incorrect and highly misleading", and that at least 26 black British undergraduates started that year.
Mr Cameron was answering questions about the effect of raised tuition fees on poorer students.
Downing Street said the figure of one black Caribbean student was accurate.You have to feel for Oxford University, this is like trying to argue with a 5 year old. Why not simply admit he was mistaken instead of transparently shifting the goalposts to defend a different assertion to the one which was actually made?
It shows that David Cameron is on most things except public spending, not particularly conservative and his basic assumptions are similar to those of David Lammy- whose figures he was using:
- Cherry pick a number that shows a racial disparity.
- Make no effort to investigate why it exists.
- Blame an institution with, no real evidence.
The sad thing is he is accusing real people of doing something vile, in order to win votes even though even a cursory look at the figures shows that Oxbridge has no real case to answer. Of the 30000+ candidates who receive 3 As at A-Level (which is generally the minimum for the two universities in question), around 300 are black. In other words around 1% of eligible British candidates are black which is pretty much reflected in the actual ethnic make up of Oxford and Cambridge.