When Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon in the historic Battle of Waterloo in 1815, he declared, The battle of Waterloo was won on playing fields of Eton. Eton is an expensive and prestigious private school that has been the alma mator of choice since 1440 for the elite of England. Duke of Wellington was an Etonian and so is, by the way, David Cameron, the new Tory leader who may well be our next Prime Minister. Such is the wind of change blowing against elitism in Britain, and everywhere else today, that Cameron is almost apologetic about his connection with Eton. The link is, in fact considered a stumbling block for his political ambitions. So much so that he has been openly and repeatedly denying his elitist background. Its not just him, though. Almost all the politicians here these days profess a preference for sending their children to state schools rather than the good, old Etons and Harrows they were so besotted with in the not-too-distant a past. The rich are these days snootily referred to as 'filthy rich in Britainby they themselves. They are seemingly too embarrassed to put their wealth on display. Some of them actually reassure noisily to others, whoever cares to listen, about their 'humble origin or background. And excess wealth is also being generously donated towards charitable causes. It is now expected of the British leaders to rub shoulders, indeed jostle hard if they can, with the common man. David Cameron daily rides a bicycle to work at the Parliament. And so does Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. In fact, Johnson actually interviewed Cameron for the Daily Telegraph sometime ago as they were both riding their bikes on a journey to the Parliament. Both were blissfully unaware of their surroundings, unabashed about their tiny bikes surrounded by the glittering mascots of limousines in the area. What a breath of fresh air in the stuffy atmosphere of everyday politics -KHALID A, London, March 5