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‘I swim against the tide, but I’m a strong swimmer’

As he turns 82, UTC founding father Lord Baker rails against the ‘mad’ focus on academic subjects

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“I have a grandson who got 13 As in his GCSEs,” says Lord Baker, eyes twinkling. “You’d expect that, wouldn’t you?”

But his next statement serves as a reminder that this is not a typical proud grandfather. “Not a technical one among them, I might say. Furious, I am. Furious. He’s destined for a life of irregular employment, I suspect.”

The tone is mischievous, but the message behind it is deadly serious. Lord Baker may have just turned 82, but he still prides himself on keeping abreast of the latest employment trends and technological developments.

This should come as no surprise. While he ...

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