Its education spokesman, Ann Taylor, has said selection is incompatible with giving more attention to the needs and potential of every child. But huge numbers of parents believe the potential of every child can very well be realised in schools - independent or state - which select them for the kind of education which will best realise that potential.
Her equally prejudiced belief, expressed in an interview in February, that there are not 'large numbers of low-income families who have it as their main objective to get into private schools' is disproved not only by Mori surveys and daily experience, but also by demand for the assisted places scheme, which enables parents on modest incomes to choose independent schools.
This scheme embodies diversity and choice: Labour exposes the hollowness of its commitment to such concepts by confirming its intention to abolish it.
DAVID J. WOODHEAD