Letter: Tory barbarians

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The Independent Online
Sir: You argue that Labour party policy on education is superior to that of the Tories, who are (you sardonically suggest) committed to grammar-school black gowns, canes and Latin verbs (leading article, 16 December).

Really? I think you need to versa your vice and mutate your mutanda. Mr Blunkett announced only recently that he hopes to develop specialist language schools in every area, so that Latin and Greek (and a larger range of modern languages) can be encouraged. Tory educationists have been no friends to the great ancient languages.

Dr PETER JONES

The Co-ordinating Committee for Classics

Newcastle upon Tyne

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