While we are on the subject of the London mayor, Boris Johnson, I found another article, speaking of his Classics degree. One quote particularly got my attention: I understand that this is the person's-in-question father speaking, but is this... true? How can it be? Perhaps what he referred to was that back then a Classics degree would have only been gotten by someone of an illustrious family. Such a person would have received all the necessary practical training in politics from his immediate family. In this case, a Classics degree would have separated the person from the common folk, while the practical aspect of governing would be gotten elsewhere. Is this what is meant (between the lines) here?