The power given to these unelected groups - such as the wholly sectarian Schools Examination and Assessment Council - is the concealed price of Thatcherism. All the nonsense about a 'free' market has served to disguise the essence of Thatcher ideology: that of decreased freedom and democracy centralised behind a supermarket facade.
I think people are becoming aware of this insidious coup d'etat and equally aware that the trade unions representing railway workers, miners and other public employees have become the only political opposition - the Labour Party having become a coalition partner of the Government in all but name. Perhaps those of your readers touched by the viciousness of this 'market' recession and of the economic warfare being waged against millions of people might now join forces with the only democratic resistance left.
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