A tale of two teenagers

Two holidaying boys in exam-results week sparked very different reactions from the press last week. Trekking in Belize, Prince William has learnt his A-level scores - and is treated like a Nobel Prize winner. Clubbing in Italy, Euan Blair, still with a week to wait for his GCSE results, is berated as a yob. "William swung to the top of the Royal brains tree" gushed the Mirror. "Easy as ABC" trilled the Standard. Hang on. An A, a B and a C at A-level are not exactly evidence of genius. And anyway, aren't these the same papers which have a yearly moan that standards must be slipping when so many candidates get excellent grades?

Two holidaying boys in exam-results week sparked very different reactions from the press last week. Trekking in Belize, Prince William has learnt his A-level scores - and is treated like a Nobel Prize winner. Clubbing in Italy, Euan Blair, still with a week to wait for his GCSE results, is berated as a yob. "William swung to the top of the Royal brains tree" gushed the Mirror. "Easy as ABC" trilled the Standard. Hang on. An A, a B and a C at A-level are not exactly evidence of genius. And anyway, aren't these the same papers which have a yearly moan that standards must be slipping when so many candidates get excellent grades?

Meanwhile Euan is chided for allegedly waking guests at an Italian hotel. "The incident makes Tony Blair look slightly ridiculous, even vulnerable," opined the Telegraph. Which only leaves us to wonder if his results will be greeted with similar national acclaim to Prince William's.

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