From Mr Nick Goulder.

Sir, Like many readers I enjoyed Lucy Kellaway’s column about Old Etonians who failed to live up to her expectations (“Lessons in success from Eton and the Tiger Mother”, February 10). I was amused at a thought which Lucy did not express: that only the sadder ones would have attended the dinner she described.

But what does she count as making a fair contribution? The lawyers, property investors and fund managers that she derides will probably average paying more than £1m each in direct tax over their lives, they will have started businesses, created jobs and drawn foreign investment to Britain. And where does she place the contributions of distinguished Old Etonian columnists such as your own Harry Eyres?

To me these are people to respect. A little less carping, please.

Nick Goulder, Littlebury, Essex, UK

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