Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Neil Kinnock on education

"I am very evidently opposed to the multiplication of types of schools for the very simple reason if you get a multiplication of types you get a variation of preferences."
Don't let anyone tell you that Labour lost in 1992 just because of the Tories "Tax Bombshell" poster campaign. Another important reason was that millions of people could not face the prospect of listening to that sort of verbiage for another five years.

What Kinnock seems to be telling the BBC is another version of John Prescott's argument that "if you set up a school and it becomes a good school, the great danger is that everyone wants to go there".

To many Labour politicians the most important thing in education is equality. It is more important than meeting individual needs. It is more important than improving the quality of schools.

Which brings us back to my article on the Guardian website.

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