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【蘋果日報】 糾正陶傑先生一處偏見

常常看城中才子陶傑先生講述留學英國的文章,他列舉的種種理由和留學生活我深覺認同,不過有一點我長期質疑而忍了很久,為什麼才子時時強調,香港的「中產」和「高官」才應該送子女去英國讀寄宿學校?

 

我知道才子的意思不一定是排斥或歧視中產和高官以外的其他階級,我猜想他是指金錢方面的經濟能力:只有中產、高官以及億萬富豪才有送子女去英國讀書的經濟能力和親子教育的戰略眼光。

 

但是以我的經驗,近年非常急於送子女去英國讀寄宿學校的,家庭背景除了中產和億萬家財的權貴之外,越來越多是「江湖階級」或「屠狗輩」,即是父母從事所謂卑賤職業,大字不識幾個的下層市民。

 

甚至在旺角投資開設桑拿浴、夜總會,在一個社團出任高職,他的社會關係雖然一時無法透過一個「小桃園飯局」,就能即時搭通香港行政長官級的「689」或「777」。不過他與許多「四二六」或「四三八」都非常兄弟,甚至有如曾蔭權由EO做起和林鄭由低級政務官般。這些留英子女的家長二十年前由「四九仔」開始努力,現在已經是掌控半個旺角的司級官員。林鄭有全港警隊,我公司至少有兩位數字的客戶擁有數以百計的紋身行動軍隊。

 

才子你太不客觀了。眾眼所見因為歷史教科書和母語粵語的政治爭端,香港教育出現空前嚴重危機,不是「中產」或高官或億萬富翁或內地土豪才知道,黑社會大佬也不是盲人,他們也看電視,知道教育局局長的名字,他們因為出身寒微,比家住半山的中產和更了解人性的險惡。由於擁有強大經濟能力,江湖階級的家長,送子女去英國留學,我目睹更焦急和迫切。

 

英雄莫問出處,每一個人都無權選擇父母,投胎時得到閻羅王分配的子宮,他自己無法Say No。

 

往往黑社會父母的香港子女去英國讀寄宿學校更力爭上游,付出比中產高官或土豪更大的努力。他們比梁振英更明白「社會向上流動力」(Upward Social Mobility)的需要,多年來我認識至少五名家長已經榮登牛津劍橋家長會名冊,與薄谷開來女士同Grade。他們並非透過子女留英而將自己洗白,而是出於純潔的父愛母愛。

 

具有江湖家長背景的香港子女在英國讀寄宿學校,三兩年即時脫胎換骨,不但英語口音往往比中產下一代大有更濃厚的英國皇室口音,有一位暑假回來約我蘭桂坊找回我致謝,在叫一杯威士忌時竟然會強調要Single pot still。想起他的父親這個時間或者在東莞與一名官員乾杯五糧液,我頓時感到英國「文明」(借用才子語)的威力。

 

這位同學仔低聲告訴我他的黑社會父親以前坐過監,他自己則入讀Harrow,早考入了Imperial的飛機工程。他問我西方的科技工業,如果取錄留學生的尖端人才,會不會查他原出身地的家庭背景,因為他剛上第三年已經收到美國波音公司的Interview,叫他去西雅圖面試,我告訴他中國人有句仗義半從屠狗輩,你父親小學未畢業也能夠供養你入讀Harrow,你應感到驕傲,況且你父親不是間諜,一定無問題。

 

在向北拓展市場時,黑社會也有愛國的,不過在子女教育方面,更多的黑社會更愛英國。所以我並非不自量地有如一些新進專欄作者,藉挑戰攻擊或質疑抽秤陶傑先生來博取點擊率,畢竟才子工作是坐書房,而不才小弟是坐在天天有各階層市民來見面的辦公室。

 

原文:https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/realtime/article/20180507/58159031

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