It was nice to read of that German banker who has concluded that our public schools are rubbish.

So it’s not just me then.

In a lifetime of visiting various public schools in cricket competitions it has become obvious that the standard of education is poor - mainly because the pupils are never taught to question so-called norms.

Those, like George Orwell, who do, are ostracised rather than encouraged.

Once I travelled with a local comprehensive to play Eton, and even our lads were in hysterics over their quaint centuries-old uniforms and archaic customs.

The hosts were surprised to find our bus half-full of car worker parents and we were given an Eton parent to look after us.

I took little notice of his right-wing views until he said something so outrageous I had to challenge it.

Then, to my surprise, I was mobbed by West Walians saying “Well done, Bob.”

Cheltenham College were snotty about playing in a local park, so it was nice to beat them.

Even the Welsh public schools could be strange.

I always found the teachers friendly, but many had little knowledge of the real world.

When Christ College in Brecon headhunted Glamorgan’s Andrew Davies from a comprehensive school in Neath, his parents - Phil Davies was a shop steward at Ford - taught the paying, posh parents how ordinary people related to each other, sharing their picnic basket and their views equally.

Other normal parents, though, were often intimidated by those thinking themselves better than the rest.