Vote Tory if you agree that 'buying into a school's catchment area' is a fair way to allocate places to the best performing schools. That is the message from both the Tories nationally and the Brighton Tories who campaigned vociferously to keep this unfair system in place (despite some self-denial among Regency Tories trying not to lose votes).
In a stroke, Brighton Labour has given hope to thousands of children from poorer backgrounds. Nothing more radical could have be done to help social mobility than this new lottery proposal. (If only the council could do something about faith school's skewed selection as well).
This is so radical because it demonstrates how peer to peer learning is just as important as the quality of the teaching (if not more so)- just look at the difference in performance between schools, it has fired up parents from both sides - for and against - they both know their very children's futures are at stake (it has little to do with quibbles over distance travelled by pupils). The Tories have tried everything to stop this, if they are elected in May they WILL reverse this decision and show up their true belief in maintaining (even worsening) class distinctions and life chances.
Both Labour and the Greens deserve credit for pushing this radical proposal through. However only Labour can stop the Tories dominating on Brighton & Hove council.