Eton scholarship winner Hasan Patel shuts down trolls calling him 'champagne socialist'
- 24 January 2019
- Add to Bookmarks
Hasan Patel has certainly made a name for himself. Last September, he became the youngest-ever speaker at a political party conference when he made a speech to members of the Labour party.
Last week, the sixteen-year-old from East London was in the news again, this time for winning a prestigious Eton College scholarship. But his critics quickly derided him as a “champagne socialist” for accepting the elite scholarship despite his left-leaning views.
Hasan didn’t take this lightly, hitting back at his critics on Twitter:
“I’ve been called a ‘champagne socialist’ because I’ve been offered a scholarship to Eton College.
- I’m Muslim. Most of us don’t drink.
- My free school meals don’t serve champagne.”
I’ve been called a “champagne socialist” because I’ve been offered a scholarship to Eton College.— Hasan Patel?? (@CorbynistaTeen) January 21, 2019
1. I’m Muslim. Most of us don’t drink.
2. My free school meals don’t serve champagne. ????https://t.co/psRsg6xDPN
Patel went on to add, “I’m being called a ‘traitor, hypocrite, selfish champagne socialist’ for accepting a scholarship to Eton College. I’ve worked so hard for this and you’re not going to put me down. Instead of attacking me, why aren’t we talking about the inequalities in the education system?”
Hasan shares a two-bedroom flat with his parents and two brothers in Leyton, East London, and will start attending classes in September. He won his place at the prestigious school after a tough three-day assessment that included three entrance exams, seven interviews and a group interview.
The Evening Standard reported that Hasan “could not be any more different” from his future classmates.
“I’m a boy from a Leyton council estate who receives free school meals. My parents are on welfare. My dad was smart and politically engaged but lived in abject poverty in India. My views may be different to them because my life experiences are very different,” the paper quoted Hasan as saying.
I’ll still be the same boy from East London when I arrive and when I leave. I’m not joining the elite but simply getting an education my family would never be able to afford, paid by the college. I’ll return to my community better armed to tackle the many injustices we face.— Hasan Patel?? (@CorbynistaTeen) January 21, 2019
Hasan goes by the name @Corbynistateen Twitter and has more than 22.9 K followers.
Despite the anger and bitterness hurled his way, many took to Twitter to congratulate Hasan on his achievement.
I know you want the best education system for all,and will always fight for social justice. You are a proud testimony to your current school & of course your own efforts. I have no doubt you will be teaching as much, if not more, than anything you will learn at Eton ????— Salma Yaqoob (@SalmaYaqoob) January 22, 2019
© MySalaam.com 2019 All rights reserved