Theresa May: cross-party alliance against grammar school expansion spells more political trouble [Image: Geoff Caddick/EPA].

This will shock you: Theresa May is good for democracy in the UK. Why? Because under her, the Tory Party is fracturing badly.

Here, we see that her insistence on trying to revive grammar schools has driven 30 Tories away from her, including former education secretary ‘Thicky’ Nicky Morgan.

Mrs May has been driven away from her grammar school project by more agile thinkers in the past, but keeps returning to it. This suggests that she doesn’t have any other ideas – or she wants to distract us all with something she knows will enflame public feeling.

This story shows us an unelected prime minister with no ideas, whose dull-minded drive to force an unpopular policy on the populace will drive a wedge between her and any thinking people left in the Tory Party. Good.

Theresa May’s personal crusade to expand the number of grammar schools is in serious jeopardy today as senior Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs unite in an unprecedented cross-party campaign to kill off the prime minister’s flagship education reform.

In a highly unusual move, the Tory former education secretary Nicky Morgan joins forces with her previous Labour shadow Lucy Powell and the Liberal Democrat former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to condemn the plans as damaging to social mobility, ideologically driven and divisive.

The formation of their cross-party alliance against grammar school expansion, which is opposed by about 30 Tory MPs, spells yet more political trouble for May on the domestic front. Last week, chancellor Philip Hammond was forced by a revolt in his own party into a humiliating budget U-turn over national insurance rises for the self-employed, and Conservatives lined up to oppose planned cuts in school funding.

Source: Cross-party alliance takes on Theresa May over grammar schools | Education | The Guardian

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