"there is overwhelming evidence that such academic selection entrenches advantage, it does not spread it."
Now that the Tories have finally admitted what we on the Left have been saying for years, how can they still defend the existing grammar schools?
The Labour party fear the Press and Middle England reaction to abolishing them - but now the Tories have admitted that grammar schools are harmful - what is their excuse?
In effect this is a headline grabbing statement for the Tories that makes little difference to their policies. They knew that opening more grammar schools and introducing more selection was out of the question anyway (even Thatcher knew this), so they probably thought why not use this non-issue to help continue the false re-branding of the Tories as caring & sharing.
As Polly Toynbee says the Tories may be wolves in sheep's clothing but the Labour party is not shooting them down at the moment. We should be.
What also worries me is what the Tories see in academy schools as advantageous to their voters. A lot of us on the left are deeply worried about Blair's schools - especially the evangelical take over of some of them. Cameron has found another issue to paint himself as the 'heir to blair' but hopefully people will get to know the real Cameron once the election comes.