Rishi Sunak’s fighting talk about the “hardworking aspiration of millions of people” will fall on barren ground so long as the middle classes can’t afford fees.
We can avoid getting into an argument about whether or not the Government’s plan is an industrial strategy. The Conservative Party has got rather hung up on that term.
At present, too many youngsters are become invisible when they leave the system, and not receiving the education they need.
We cannot stand by whilst Welsh Labour fail our children, and pack our schools with their union cronies.
Spurious cost concerns mask a misguided spirit of egalitarianism which will only inflict more pressure on style-conscious teens.
Our exam-focused system serves neither pupils nor employers properly. We urgently need a broader and more flexible curriculum.
When I was responsible for the £600 million a year London Development Agency, I was shocked at how much management focus was just on getting money out of the door.
A party that puts protecting wealthy pensioners and opposing building on the Green Belt ahead of investing in schools deserves to be polling in third place amongst the under 24s.
Sometimes practical details – such as fluorescent light being used in school, but not at home – are overlooked. The interests of the individual pupil are ignored by the “progressives”.
The Telegraph’s report this week that universities are tilting against applicants from “advantaged” backgrounds undermines ministers’ efforts to restore post-Covid sanity to pupils’ grades.
From home schooling to free speech on the internet, ministers keep turning good principles into bad law.
For most of us, the best interests of the overwhelming majority takes precedence over what may erroneously be construed as in the best interest of a few disruptive individuals.
I draw on Public First’s Conservative Leadership Policy Tracker which is being continuously updated for all the above.
Conservatives cannot afford to cede the initiative to Labour’s short-sighted politics of spite.