Presented without comment

Nick Clegg has signalled that he may send his eldest son to a private school, potentially sparking controversy about his commitment to state education.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he would put his children’s education first and would not overrule the wishes of his wife or son for ‘political reasons’.

14 comments on “Presented without comment

  1. I don’t blame him, as long as he doesn’t try to stop anyone else from doing the same. I don’t have a problem with conservatives doing it either.

    I have a massive problem with Labour MPs who do so whilst trying to make it as hard as possible for anyone else to do so and whining about private education. Yes, Diane Abbot, we are all looking at you, you canting hypocrite.

  2. So much better that Blair used privilege to get his children into the Oratory and then hired private tutors from the best Pubic School in the country.
    (Now he’s out of office, the inquisitive might wonder where his youngest child goes. Anyone know?)

  3. Oops, Public School. Perhaps “pubic” was a Freudian slip, since I was referring to the loathsome wee twat.

  4. It’s not hypocritical to say that state schools would be much improved if everyone’s children went to them, then send your child to a fee-paying school.

    It is hypocritical to attack your colleagues for sending their children to selective schools, then send your child to a fee-paying school. Yes, I am talking about Diane Abbott.

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  6. ‘It’s not hypocritical to say that state schools would be much improved if everyone’s children went to them,’

    No, but it is moronic.

  7. Paul B said (#6), “It’s not hypocritical to say that state schools would be much improved if everyone’s children went to them, then send your child to a fee-paying school.”

    But what about if you also claim to want state education to improve, and then do something that you say is detrimental to that improvement?

  8. ‘political reasons’

    Clegg et al make the fundamental mistake, sending kids to fee-paying schools is not political, claiming other people should not, is.

    I noticed Ms Abbot’s latest campaign is against online pr0n, based on her past hypocrisy I daren’t imagine what video Guido is going to drag up.

  9. “It’s not hypocritical to say that state schools would be much improved if everyone’s children went to them”

    You think they would? The parents of kids at private school pay taxes for the state schools and they’re kids are out of the state system so they’re taking a burden off them. Forcing all kids to go to state school would just mean loads more kids with no extra cash to pay for them.

  10. It is not hypocritical, just blind.
    Almost all the educational advances (all the ones that I can think of) have come from experiments in private sector schools that were allowed to experiment when the governors/proprietors thought that the projected benefits were worth the cost.
    State schools have been much improved simply because *not* everyone’s children went to them. The disaster that was ILEA was shown up by the difference between private and state schools in London (er, in case you had forgotten ILEA spent more per pupil – but not always on pupils) while its underperformance relative to Bradford (with a higher %age of ethnic minority pupils – one of ILEA’s standard excuses for poor literacy among its school-leavers) was hidden by the Labour Party/Education establishment.

  11. Tim,

    We must respect Mr. and Mrs. Clegg’s right to select the type of schooling that they consider to be in their child’s best interests; but it is really rather sumisng to read some commentors fulminating against ‘one size fits all’ education, when presumably they’re quite happy with Duncan-Smith’s one size fits all amendments to the benefit system.

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