In case your readers believe only former public school-ites mattter in the UK, know this: a partly-educated English commoner, Michael Faraday, revealed to the world how electricity could be generated.

Soon after that a young Irishman, Charles Parsons, preferred an English apprenticeship to an elite education and later exploited Faraday's invention to develop the steam turbine, still in use today in power stations throughout the world generating limitless power and, eventually, clean energy.

So, Boris and Jeremy! We give you two Brits who created the modern lit-up world without your elite education; beat that!

Ron Pearse

Nascot Street, Watford