I do wonder sometimes:
They will have the power to strip schools of their charitable status – collectively worth £100 million a year – if they fail to pass the new test of "public benefit".
Lessee. There\’s, ooh, some 200,000- 250,000 (7% of the 3.3 million children in the correct age groups, ie, 11 years times 300,000 kids a year or so) in private schools. State education costs what, £ 5 k a year? So said private schools educate those children at no cost to the State, saving the public coffers £1.25 billion a year. What\’s that these days? Half a penny off income tax? A couple of times the income from the aggregates levy?
This is not, prima facie, a public benefit?
Difficult to reach any other conclusion that that there\’s something else behind this.
Couldn\’t be that as well as educating such children at no cost to the State they also educate them better could it? Showing up the educrats and all that….for that would be the ultimate sin, wouldn\’t it? I mean if everyone started to think that things could be done better without the caring ministrations of the State then where would we all be? Anarchy! Infamy! Cats with Dogs and Rains of Blood, no doubt.