This makes sure I tick the authorship box when doing the register for the Shakespeare unit with Year 9! I think the Oxfordites are a bunch of class-ridden tossers, but it is such an evidence-free debate that keeps us thinking about the plays. Me, I’m just an old leftie who asks why – in the most socially dynamic era in English history – a grammar school boy from Stratford, who would have gone to Oxford if his father had not been a Catholic, and who almost certainly spent five years as some kind of tutor in one of England’s great households, couldn’t have written the poems and plays?