Hugh Grant is ‘part of the elite’ and ‘looks down on working class people’, Sajid Javid says as he reveals actor refused to shake his hand

Hugh Grant is “part of the elite” and “looks down on working class people,” says Sajid Javid, as he revealed the actor once refused to shake his hand.

In an interview, the Chancellor described how he recognised the actor at the premiere of The Irishman and put his hand out saying: “Lovely to meet you.”

“And you know what he does? He refuses to shake my hand. He says, “I am not shaking your hand.” I am completely shocked,” said Mr Javid. 

“[Hugh Grant] said, “When you were Culture Secretary you didn’t support my friends in Hacked Off.” I think that is incredibly rude. I wonder if people like Hugh Grant think they are part of the elite and they look down on working-class people no matter what station they reach in life.”

Mr Javid, whose Pakistani immigrant father was a bus driver, goes on in the interview in the Evening Standard to describe the elite as people with a comfortable upbringing who attended the best schools.

He added: “They glide through life, they get second chances, they can afford to screw up, they always have the easy language on the tip of their tongues. 

“Whereas people like me and you don’t get second chances, don’t have that easy language on your finger-tips, haven’t got that funny anecdote to get out of that difficult situation, so you question your self-confidence.”

Mr Grant won a scholarship to the independent Latymer Upper School in London before studying at New College, Oxford University.  Mr Javid attended Downend state comprehensive school near Bristol before going on to technical college, then Exeter University.

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