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October 28, 2003
Diane Abbott in the news

Also (see immediately below) at the ASI blog Alex Singleton weighs into the debate about pro-comprehensive politicians (this time it's Diane Abbott) who send their own children to private schools, as does David Carr at Samizdata.

I have already said my piece about this sort of thing here.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 05:35 PM
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The point about Diane Abbott's hypocrisy here is not so much that she sent her child to private school while arguing for state education but that she denounced both Tony Blair and Harriet Harmen for not sending their children to the local comp and then went on to do precicely the same thing herself.

If I denounced you for cashing cheques from the BBC and then went and did it myself then I would certainly be a hypocrite.

Comment by: Paul Coulam on October 29, 2003 12:22 PM

I think the commenets about Diane abott's choice of school for son should be put in the context of the report in the observer jan 6th 2002.

The continued failure of black boys in particular in the education system is well documented and common knowledge to most black parents. The fact that some parents can afford to make the sacrifice to send their children private in order to give them a better opportunity to suceed should not be condemed.

Economically the black communtiy is often the least able to afford private education, but are desperate not co condem their children to failure and institutional racism.

Until there are improvements in the performance of Black children and a higher profile given to putting measures in place at Primary and secondary levels to help black children succeed then the situation will continue to worsen.

If Diane had chosen a state school over private I would have been very surprised, Knowing what she knows.

Comment by: Elaine Beckford on November 2, 2003 02:37 PM
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