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The Bloody Daily Telegraph

What is it with The Daily Telegraph and cheer-leading for faith schools? Over the last few days we’ve had this, this and this.

Leaving aside the myriad of inaccuracies in these stories, do they think faith-schools are so popular that they are a good way to beat the Labour Government and build support for the Tories? They should read the evidence that shows many parents don’t want faith schools (an example here).

I should stop reading the damned thing.

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  1. Stonyground
    18/01/2010 at 9:22 pm

    A couple of years ago the issue was covered on the Jeremy Vine phone in show on BBC Radio 2. Despite the Beeb’s blatant pro-government bias, they were unable to present a single caller in favour of faith schools. The calls were 100% opposed and were utterly scathing in their condemnation of the idea. The government is in denial of the fact that what parents want is not faith but selection. This selection used to be provided by grammar schools, yes they discriminated but they did so honestly. Their discrimination was against the unworthy and not against those of the wrong creed or colour.

  2. 19/01/2010 at 9:34 am

    That’s interesting. I think this is one area where the politicians of all stripes are seriously out-of-step with the public. I think they are afraid of the back-lash from the Churches (which would happen) and parents (which probably wouldn’t).

    My own discussions with other parents attending church is that they are equally frustrated but “What else can you do? Must do what’s best for the kids, etc, etc”.

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