Keeping the road clear for high intelligence

The Sutton Trust, the charity dedicated to promoting social mobility through education, is concerned that the Liberal Conservative Cabinet “is highly unrepresentative”. Yet it is clear that the reappearance of this educational elite in the seats of power is final proof of a self-defeating contradiction at the heart of socialism. After WWII, the Butler Education Act opened the way to tens of thousands of children who flooded out of the housing schemes and coalfields in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. However, after 13 years of New Labour, and many more years of misguided tampering with our schools and universities, that way ahead has been blocked. It is ironical that this new Tory dominated coalition is far more likely to facilitate mobility through education than Labour in any of its guises.

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