To be against private schools, well, chacun a son gout as the enemy say. That parents sending their kids to them also already pay the taxes to fund the state education system is one of those things people like to conveniently forget. But, you know, we must eliminate privilege and all that.
So says a part of Labour. But that’s not all they’re saying either:
While Labour’s current policies include adding VAT to school fees, the motion urges Labour to “go further to challenge the elite privilege of private schools and break up the establishment network that dominates the top professions”. The motion calls for an election commitment to “integrate all private schools into the state sector”, including the withdrawal of charitable status.
It also breaks new ground by wanting to limit university admissions to “the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population (currently 7%)”. Most radically. it also calls for the “endowments, investments and properties held by private schools to be redistributed democratically across the country’s educational institutions”.
Yes, that’s right. They want to go steal all that private property. That computer the Westminster lad is working on should be sent to a kid in Barrow in Furness. Eton’s rowing lake must be bottled and sent to schools across the country. The Latin textbooks should become kindling for disadvantaged primaries – for no one is to study anything so elitist as a dead language.
As so often politics just makes more sense, as with crime, when you follow the money. For that’s what they want to do these Labourites, go steal centuries worth of cash. How unlike spiteful little socialists, eh?