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”.
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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