Letter published in the Kent on Sunday
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2nd January 2017
It is not surprising that, in responding to my comments regarding grammar schools, one of your correspondents chooses to link such comments with my doubts about the theory of climate change, as those who hold what are regarded as progressive views on the former also uncritically swallow the latter. The other letter, from a member of the educational establishment whose attitudes I criticise, accuses me of using anecdotal evidence rather than facts, but I can assure her that the following are facts: vast numbers of pupils at grammar schools in the 1950s and early 1960s were from working class backgrounds; the education they received enabled them to enjoy better careers than they would otherwise have had; attendance was by merit, not based on financial factors. May I point out that if we were to choose our Olympic athletes on the same supposed egalitarian principles espoused by the professional educationalists then we would probably not win any medals in future games.
The politically correct left liberal lobbies have had their way in this country for decades. Thanks to them we have seen, inter alia, the police force becoming more like the Thought Police, the education system undermined in pursuit of equality of outcome, not opportunity, and the future energy resources of this country put at risk in the name of unproven climate theories. Worst of all they have sought to hand our democracy over to the unelected bureaucrats of Brussels. They still refuse to accept the will of the people but on the 23rd June 2016 the worm turned and their day is done. If I might be so ‘elitist’ as to use a Latin phrase: for the UK now alia iacta est.