This country needs all its children educated to their full potential if it is to survive in the world. This goal will not be achieved if the middle class opts out, either into private education or into the few remaining grammar schools.
The parents who have been raising hell recently about education cuts have in the main been supporting successful comprehensive schools. If the London middle classes have given up on state schools, may their fees go on rising. They will get no sympathy from the rest of us who are still in there fighting and, until this year's financial catastrophe, winning.