At the moment, they’re keen to sell schools. Our schools – yours and mine. No, not the schools we attended; the schools we own.
We bought them. We equipped them. And a majority of us don’t want them to be sold (remember, less than a quarter of the electorate voted Conservative last year).
But don’t worry. This Writer has a plan to hammer home the point that Tories shouldn’t sell what isn’t theirs.
As soon as I’ve found out the address of Thicky Nicky’s home, I’m going to put it on the market.
The Tories enjoy talking about how much power they hand to the public. David Cameron seems very pleased with himself for pledging an EU referendum and regularly attacks Labour for failing to replicate the offer. George Osborne made urban devolution his first announcement after the election, but while broad policy areas are mentioned, the concrete powers cities would recieve are still not clear.This morning, education secretary Nicky Morgan had an altogether different message. She plans to stop parents using the law to prevent the government converting their local schools into academies. The attack on judicial review – started by Chris Grayling in the last parliament – continues. Any school considered to be failing will be turned into an academy, with parents stripped of their right to challenge it in the courts
She told the Today programme:
“Parents of course have every right and should be interested in their child’s education, but there comes a point where the child’s education is being held back by legal processes and judicial reviews and appeals and what most parents want is their child to make progress.”
Notice the change from vague language to precision. When Morgan talks about parents being part of conversation, she is very abstract and imprecise. But when she talks of stripping them of legal powers to challenge government, she is quite specific. The direction of travel is clear.
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