Leading article: How we laughed

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Interviewer: So you're going to provide free buses for the children from council estates to go to better schools in the leafy suburbs? Parr: Yes.

Interviewer: What happens to the schools they've left behind? Parr: Ah, they fail. We close them and spend £25m turning them into academies.

Interviewer: Who goes to the academies now the council tenants are in the leafy suburbs? Parr: Oh, the middle classes who can't get into their local schools any more.