More on that Tory Policy

It looks like there’s a local angle to the u-turn the Tory leadership are trying to execute in ditching their commitment to grammer schools:

David Willetts, its education spokesman, was visiting Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, a school in New Cross, one of Britain’s most deprived neigbourhoods.

“It was an incredibly poor area but as I walked through the main entrance of the school – one of the new academies – I was greeted by a string quartet playing something by the Italian composer Boccherini,” Willetts recalled last week.

The children at the school were a “completely mixed bag” academically but they were all “achieving, all being stretched, some going to Oxbridge, some to local jobs”.

We don’t need no…selection-News-UK-TimesOnline

On hearing the news I of course congratulated the Chief Executive on making them see the light!

As an aside: if this is supposed to be a ‘Clause 4 moment‘ then I’d venture to suggest that Dave and his chums have not been looking closely enough at the play book.

‘Clause 4 moments’ demand that you take on the rump of your Party in a symbolic fight and that you know that most of your members are solidly behind you.

In this case there’s some evidence that Dave’s members would have been happier with a more – how to put this – Tory policy.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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