If Mr Griffiths believes there is no problem of low aspirations in state schools, he should say so. But first he should read David Blunkett's speech last week at Ruskin College, where he faced the issue squarely, attacking the "culture of complacency" and "patronising benevolence" that reinforce under-achievement: "a good education is seen - even, I fear, by some on the left - to be beyond the wit of many working-class children."
Mr Blunkett has thus advanced to the position that Jim Callaghan set out in his famous Ruskin speech nearly two decades ago, though Mr Griffiths has yet to catch up. Better proof of my thesis of a blocked society I could not ask for.
Yours faithfully, GEORGE WALDEN MP for Buckingham (Con)
House of Commons London, SW1
12 JanuaryReuse content