Choices, choices, too many choices.

One of the false assumptions inherent in turning a ‘public service’ or ‘privilege’ into a ‘personal right’ is the belief that choice will drive up standards and, to coin the crass phrase used by the DfE during the Brown tenure, lead to ‘economic well-being’ for all. Choice, when applied to education, risks fuelling inequality, mendacity… Read More Choices, choices, too many choices.


I spent a couple of weeks of August in Marbella. This is not a good place for someone who has been reading ‘Mammon’s Kingdom’ by David Marquand. The book is affecting me deeply from any number of angles, but its general theme of how acquisitiveness and unfettered capitalism have worn away our ‘public realm’ is… Read More Marbella