However, there is one thing that Ted has in his favour - he is a graduate of the world's greatest university, Oxford University. And not just any old college, but its greatest college - Corpus Christi, where he was in the year above me.
If we look at the general elections of the past 60 years, then we see an interesting pattern:
|May 1955||Anthony Eden||Oxford||Clement Attlee||None||Conservative|
|October 1959||Harold Macmillan||Oxford||Hugh Gaitskell||Oxford||Conservative|
|October 1964||Alec Douglas-Home||Oxford||Harold Wilson||Oxford||Labour|
|March 1966||Edward Heath||Oxford||Labour|
|May 1979||Margaret Thatcher||Oxford||James Callaghan||None||Conservative|
|June 1983||Michael Foot||Oxford||Conservative|
|June 1987||Neil Kinnock||University College of South Wales & Monmouthshire||Conservative|
|April 1992||John Major||None||Conservative|
|May 1997||Tony Blair||Oxford||Labour|
|June 2001||William Hague||Oxford||Labour|
|May 2005||Michael Howard||Fenland Polytechnic||Labour|
|May 2010||David Cameron||Oxford||Gordon Brown||Edinburgh||Conservative|
As is clear, every time the people have a choice between an Oxford or non-Oxford Prime Minister, they choose the Oxford one.