I'm finding all the outrage quite amusing, to be honest. I found the comments about her being prosecuted for lying on her CV to be absolutely hilarious!
Equating 'lying on a CV' or at a job interview to the Savile case also made me giggle.
There are other, far more important things in this world and in our lives to worry and get all faux outraged over than someone whose accomplishments (regardless of how she got her first job) now speak for themselves.
To be honest, I would rather someone who has common sense and 'street smarts' and knowledge of the actual job than someone with loads of qualifications who hasn't the faintest idea of it or how to manage people (or what those people below them actually DO). The public sector management is filled with the latter and most of them wouldn't know how to manage their way out of a paper bag; nor do they really understand the 'business' they're supposed to be managing. .
I agree with that there are more important things to be overly concerned about.
You make the point that the university of life is more important than someone who has qualifications.
I used to think that until I went to college as a mature student. I had worked in my industry for many years and knew most things about hands on work by doing it for so long.
What I didn't know about was how to look beyond only the one skill set needed and learn the over view of how it was achieved, why, how it should be, how to budget how to know what Health and Safety laws needed to be understood, employment contracts and the law, on and on and on.
So don't think that college learning is irrelevant as until you actually take the course, you are unaware of what it involves and common sense is only a limited part of it.