Oxbridge (wherever that may be) is accused of many sins: elitism, positive discrimination and prejudice of every shade to name but a few. And now a distinguished alumnus has voiced his view that Oxford is still getting it all wrong, admissionswise, ‘staggeringly’.
May I point out that the rôle of universities is to maintain academic standards and educate, not to pander to social whims and fashions – of whatever colour or gender. If governments wish to re-engineer the structures of society with hand-outs and incentives, that is their business; but the universities must select the best academic candidates irrespective of other, perhaps ephemeral issues. So the quoted minister only has to make sure his colleagues agree with his point of view, stump up the cash – and the unis will conform by providing the best learning environment for the most deserving students.