Should @BBCTrending #BBC Correspondents Publish Detailed Biogs On #CameronMustGo

Despite what the spokesman for private education has said about fee-paying schools, they are already pretty much the playgrounds of the rootless super-rich. There was a report in the ‘I’ yesterday that many of Britain’s elite private schools are dominated by the children of Russian oligarchs. A few weeks or months ago, a similar report expressed concern that private schools were dominated by foreign students, who formed ghetto societies to isolate themselves from other students not of their ethnicity.

As for whining that if their state support is removed, the smaller private schools will close, John D Turner is absolutely right. This is massively hypocritical considering the way the elite has demanded the withdrawal of state support from the nationalised industries, such as the mines, employing the working class. You can also directly compare it with the part-privatisation of the state school system, which is based on the assumption that somehow private industry is more efficient than state provision. Which appears to be true, except when applied consistently to the private sector, which then howls that it is being discriminated against.

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

I raise this subject because of Sean Coughlan’s post on the BBC website about Tristram Hunt’s private school business rate relief warning from Labour.

The BBC says that Sean has added the analysis below to the story written by Hannah Richardson:

“This demand for the private school sector to work more closely with their state school neighbours will probably be seen as a symbolic gesture.

It allows the tone of Labour’s education policy to sound different from the government’s, when otherwise they have much in common.

The amount of money under threat, £147m per year across more than 1,250 schools, might hurt the smaller struggling private schools. Average fees are about £12,000 per year, but it is not going to trouble upmarket schools charging more than £20,000 per year.

A bigger challenge would be the loss of charitable status and the accompanying tax benefits. But a long-running attempt by…

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